Donald E. McCahan, 87, of Tyrone, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 5, 1932 in Altoona a son of the late Earl Scott and Annie Clark (Miller) McCahan. He was married Sept. 24, 1955 to Alberta Shoenberger, who survives with four children: Linda (Rich) Greene of Tipton, Jerry L. (Paula) McCahan of Clearfield, Brenda (Mark) Baney of State College, Cheryl (James) Morrissey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Known as Jerry to his family and friends, he was a lifelong resident of Tyrone. He grew up on Blair Ave. and graduated from Tyrone High School in 1950. After graduation, he worked as a lineman at the Pennsylvania Railroad in Altoona. He served as a Sergeant in the Army from 1952-1955 in the Korean War as a Field Wireman in the 38th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation of Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. His Grandchildren are Eric (Sandra) Greene, Michael (Tarin) Greene, Jerry Jr. McCahan, Joshua (Valeen) McCahan, Julie Anderson, Jamie (David) Christian, Jennifer (Matthew) Lyons, James (Mellissa) Morrissey, Matthew (Heather) Baney, Allison Baney. Great-grandchildren are Leah, Lyndsay, Kaden, Alayna, Michael Jr., Samantha, Charles, Penelope, Matthew, Natalie, James, Alyssa, Jada, Connor, Maya. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth E. McCahan, and siblings, Katherine (Kate) Kelly, Thelma Drake, Mirium (Peg) McCann, Richard (Dick) McCahan, Robert (Bob) McCahan, Donna (Patsy) Snyder, Martha (Jimmy) McCahan.
He had worked at the Tyrone Papermill for 18 years and for 25 yrs. as a printer press operator at Jostens Yearbook until his retirement. He loved traveling to Penn State Bowl Games. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family. In recent years Jerry enjoyed long car rides with his wife through the Penna. countryside. He most enjoyed sitting in his living room looking at the 104 photos of his whole family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Korean War Vets Assn. in Tyrone, who he enjoyed meeting with once a month for breakfast. Friends will be received at the Derman Funeral Home, Inc., Tyrone, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. until the funeral service at 3 p.m., with Pastor Daniel J. Waite officiating. There will be a Flag Presentation by the Tyrone Honor Guard.