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1943 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
On June 30, 2017, Donald Ardell Deets, age 74, of McCandless Township, passed away. Beloved husband of 51 years to Mary Lynne Deets; loving father of Jennifer Lynne (Eric V.) Deets Russ, Tracey Anne (Nicholas) Deets DeLillo and Douglas Alan (Lauren) Deets; son of Irene J. and the late John Lester Deets; brother of William (Karen) Deets; grandfather of Kendall and Grayson Russ and Jackson and Lucas Deets. Relatives and Friends received Monday, July 3, 2017, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a Funeral Service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. Don was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved music, electronics, silly dad jokes, beer, and epic backyard 4th of July firework displays. He was goofy, sarcastic, logical, precise, and caring. His life's work was education. He taught Chemistry at Shaler High School for 30-plus years, followed by many years of real estate education for RAMP, as well as contributing to the work of Dr. Harry Wachs, and Dr. Hans Lessman in the vision training field. He even made his mark for a short time as "Don the science guy" at the Carnegie Science Museum. He made every moment a teachable moment, and left an impression on all of his students, young and old. Don fought an incredibly heroic battle in the last years of his life. His family will remember him lovingly, and draw comfort from the incredible strength he displayed in his final days. May he forever be at peace, and remembered fondly by his friends and relatives. A favorite quote of Don's, and a philosophy he lived by, "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." Please in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090-7537 www.simonsfuneralhome.com
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 2, 2017
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