Melvin F. ‘Bucky’ Walkush Sr., 92, of North Belle Vernon, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Residence At Hilltop, Carroll Twp. Born July 22, 1929 in North Belle Vernon, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Heretik Walkush Sr. A lifelong resident of North Belle Vernon, Mr. Walkush was a member of St. Sebastian R.C. Church, Belle Vernon, was retired from the Page Steel and Wire Division of ACCO in Monessen and also from Pa. DOT, where he worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Navy. Bucky was a member of the Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659-Adjutant, former councilman for North Belle Vernon Borough and member of the Mon Valley Refuse Disposal Authority.
He is survived by his long-time companion, Judy Pawlawski, two sons Melvin F. ‘Bucky’ Walkush Jr. and wife Carol of Rostraver Twp., Mark & Lisa Walkush of North Wales, PA.; daughter & son-in-law Pamela & Kevin Crothers of Washington, PA; six grandchildren Kaitlyn & husband Josh Miller, Annie & husband Brandon Wozniak, Kristen Lucas, Julie Walkush, Derek Walkush; Alex Walkush; four great grandchildren Makenzie Miller, Jace Miller, Bryson Wozniak, Taysom Wozniak and baby Miller due in November.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Julianna Mazur Walkush (9/16/1989); two brothers Carl (Mary) Walkush, and Joseph Jr. (Adeline, who survives); 10 sisters Anna Moxin, Augustine Ezolt, Helen McCullough, Mary Altieri, Frances Curcio, Edith Walkush, Ethel Walkush, Irene Gibson, Mildred Ward and Cecelia Sweitzer. He is the last remaining member of the original Walkush family.
Visitation will be held Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Prayers of Transfer will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10:00 am at St. Sebastian R.C. Church with the Rev. Rev. Rodolfo Mejia as celebrant. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The family request that masks MUST be worn and social distancing must be maintained.
Members of the Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659 will conduct services Monday evening at 6 PM in the funeral home. Members of the Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659 will also conduct military honors along with the US Navy Honor Guard at the cemetery.
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