Gerald I. Younkin
Gerald I. "Jerry" Younkin, 67, of Scottdale, died peacefully Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, 2017, at LifeCare Hospital, Wilkinsburg, while being comforted by his loving family. Jerry was born in Mt. Pleasant, May 3, 1949, a son of Dorothy M. Rath Younkin and the late Irvin K. Younkin, who died in 1984 He was a graduate of Southmoreland High School, Class of 1967. Following graduation, he attended a technical school and obtained his electrician certification. Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt as a boiler technician from 1969 to 1971 during the Vietnam War. He was a longtime member of the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Dept. and Company #4, where he served as fire chief in 1979. Jerry was a member of the Scottdale BPOE #777 and also the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. He was the owner and operator of Younkin Electric of Scottdale for 25 years. He was also employed by Otis Spunkmeyer of Export, with 15 years of service as a maintenance supervisor. Jerry was given the gift of life in 2012, when he received a lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother to his family and will be missed by all of those who knew and loved him. In addition to his mother, Dorothy M. Rath Younkin, Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sandra S. Dugger Younkin, whom he married Aug. 19, 1978. He is also survived by his caring children: his son, Kevin G. Younkin of Scottdale and Megan Hensler of North Huntingdon and his daughter, Melissa S. Danser and husband Christopher of Bellefonte; his granddaughter, Elena Grace Danser of Bellefonte; his brother, Terry L. Younkin and wife Mary Ann of Everson; his sister, Donna S. Mesich and husband Matt of New Derry; his grandpuppies, Benson and Leah; and a number of nieces and nephews. Jerry's family will greet friends from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10:45 a.m. Monday in the Frank Kapr Funeral Home, Inc., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, with his pastor, the Rev. Robert Bixel, of Pennsville Baptist Church, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery, with full military honors accorded at the grave site by the Southmoreland Veterans Association honor guard. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry, send flowers, send condolences or to obtain directions, please visit www.kapr.com .
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