David W. Brutscher, 94, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Latrobe, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in the Community Hospice Center for Caring at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville. He was born April 12, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Michael and Margaret (Beilstein) Brutscher. David was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy as a radio crewman on a Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. He had a lifelong love for aviation and was proud to have witnessed the first Blue Angels appearance at the Latrobe Airshow. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church in Jacksonville and a former member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latrobe for 30 years, where he was active with the senior citizens and volunteered at the Shepherd Shop. He also volunteered at the Ligonier Library. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth M. (Kreeger) Brutscher, in 2012; and three half-brothers, Henry, Michael and Thomas Brutscher. He is survived by two children, Pamela Jo Huber (Larry Alcorn), of Lake City, Fla., and Paul David Brutscher (Crystal), of Waverly, N.Y.; a grandson, Joshua P. Brutscher (Catie LeFevre); two stepgrandchildren, Jeremey Alcorn (Adriana) and Luke Alcorn (Anna Koopman); and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Emma and Ronan Alcorn. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 19, in the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Military services accorded by the Latrobe Derry Veterans Honor Guard will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the church pastors officiating. Interment will be in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 331 Weldon St., Latrobe, PA 15650, or to Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church and School, 7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256. To post an online condolence, please visit www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com
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Published by Tribune Review from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.