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Obituaries list contributions made in county

Obituaries published daily in the Butler Eagle usually list the accomplishments and interests of those who died.

When taken as a whole, these about 2,000 obituaries reveal a wide range of Butler County residents who led interesting lives and who accomplished a great deal.

Here are some of the people who died in 2014 and the unique contributions they made to their communities.

A list of other late county residents was published Wednesday.

Roberta M. Selle

Roberta M. Pinkerton Selle, 88, of Mars died June 18.

Roberta helped start the Mars Junior Women’s Club, organized getting street signs installed in Mars and served on the committee of the Mars Community Recreational Association, which started the Mars Community Pool.

She also chaired and organized the first blood drive in Mars.

Alice R. Perry

Alice R. Perry of Butler died June 24.

She crocheted for years, making many afghans, which were sent to multiple states and countries. Many babies have been swaddled in her blankets. She also crocheted and donated 55 lap robes to the veterans hospital in Butler.

A flag hangs in the American Legion Post 117, that she made and donated.

She was a longtime volunteer for PARC in Butler

Nathan E. DeSantis

Nathan E. DeSantis died July 24.

Nathan was a member of the first graduating class of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

He was employed for more than 37 years with the Gulf Oil Corporation, where he was director of Gulf’s foreign fleet.

He was instrumental in the construction of the Merchant Marine memorial in Butler County’s Diamond Park.

David Clifford Douthett

David Clifford Douthett, 69, of Butler died July 25.

He was a member of USA Track and Field as a master official and coach of the South Butler Flyers for more than 20 years. He was also a volunteer coach of the Knoch Middle and High School track and field, where he was the founder of the Knoch Middle School track team.

He was the president of the Knight Foundation.

James Folger Beatty

James Folger Beatty, 88, of Prospect died Aug. 18.

During his younger years he played baseball for Connoquenessing, Evans City, Butler Cubs, West End Bronxs and the White Oak Springs Church. He played minor league baseball for two weeks for the Pittsburgh Pirates in New York. He played three years high school football, then five years of Butler Cubs semipro football team.

In 1953, he was the founder of the Prospect Boys Club, now Prospect Boys and Girls Club.

In 1978, he was inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, where he also served on the committee for years.

“Jack” Nicklas

Raymond J. “Jack” Nicklas, 85, of Richland Township, formerly of Middlesex Township, died Aug. 30.

He had served for 16 years on the Butler County Development Board. He also served for 10 years as the secretary for the Middlesex Township School Authority.

He was a charter member of the Rich-Mar Rotary Club, where he served as secretary and treasurer for 1970 to 1972 and as president in 1974. He served as Rotary District 7280 governor in 1977. He was co-chairman for Rotary’s district Polio Plus campaign.

He served years on the Butler County AAA Board and was president when Butler AAA merged with AAA of Western Pennsylvania. He then served as a representative on the AAA Board of Western Pennsylvania.

Jack had served on the Pennsylvania State Board of the Easter Seals Foundation as well as the local board of Easter Seals.

William Albert Holbein

William Albert Holbein, 86, of West Sunbury died Nov. 3.

He served on the Butler Farm Show Board for 33 years and was treasurer for 31 of those years. He also served on the board for Farmland Preservation.

He designed and built the arena bleachers at the Butler Farm Show. He also built the FSA building on the Farm Show Grounds.

Donald F. Long

Donald F. Long, 68, of Worthington died Nov. 20.

He was president of the Worthington Borough Council for 32 years, vice president of the Worthington West Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, and a board member for Worthington Water and Sewer.

He was the owner of Long’s Worthington Market for 21 years.

He drove around to make sure the town was kept up and worked selflessly doing things to make it a great place to live. He loved the Worthington Carnival, serving as chairman for many years.

Susan Jean Shedio

Susan Jean Shedio, 91, of Butler died Nov. 22.

Susan was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was the first woman to be a deaconess of the congregation.

She was the first woman to be president of the local chapter of the National Association of Accountants and was past national director and treasurer. In 1992, she was named Clubwoman of the Year for the Soroptomist.

She was the first woman to be appointed orchestra manager for the Butler County Symphony. She also served as chairman of fundraising, the review board for the symphony ball and the Christmas Concert.

In 1986, she was selected Woman of the Year for the Butler Business and Professional Woman’s Association and belonged to the National Foundation. She also served on the district and state levels as assistant editor of BPW’s publication “The Key.”

She was a trustee of Slippery Rock University.

As a member of the United Way of Butler County, she was treasurer, finance and special projects chairman and was a member of the budget committee.

Clyde Thomas Jones Jr.

Clyde Thomas Jones Jr., 82, of Butler died Dec. 5.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts Moraine Council, the Bon Aire Reunion Car Club, the Junior Achievement, and a Butler Armco sponsor.

He was active in Boy Scouts for more than 70 years. He achieved the Silver Beaver Award.

He volunteered at numerous scout jamborees including Moraine State Park in 1973 and 1977, Valley Forge, Pa., in 1963 and Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia in 1981. He also traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

He volunteered at Camp Buccoco for more than 50 years.