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Remaley, Charles F., Jr.

Charles F. Remaley, Jr., 91 of Penn Hills passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Charles “Red” F. Remaley, Jr. was born October 19, 1925 to the late Charles F. and Elizabeth (Stewart) Remaley, Sr. in Verona. He graduated from Verona High School in 1943. At age 17, he entered the US Navy and served on the USS LST-1024 during World War II in the South Pacific. He participated in the invasions of Leyte (Philippines), Lingayen Gulf, and Okinawa. He continued to serve during the occupation of Japan. A chance encounter in the Pacific theater of World War II determined Red’s future and resulted in his almost 70 year marriage to his pen pal, Ruth Jean Simpson of Glen Ellyn, Il. After several years of marriage, the Spirit of the Lord hounded him until he surrendered to the call. After studying nearly sixty books over seven and a half years, he qualified for ordination in the Methodist church at the age of 39 and was so ordained. He served as assistant pastor at the Rosedale United Methodist Church (UMC), McKeesport UMC, Mt. Washington UMC, Trinity Towers UMC, Verona UMC and pastor of the Green Valley UMC in North Versailles. In addition, he retired after working 35 years for Bell of Pennsylvania as a central office switchman and in other positions. From his childhood, to his services in the Navy during World War II and his days afterward, Red led a full and incredible life. At the age of 91 he wrote his memoir, One Man’s Journey with a silent partner which is rich with humor, romance, and serious reflections upon many happenings in his lifetime. Through every triumph and disappointment, his “silent partner,” God never strayed from his side. He was a man who was reflective of the “Greatest Generation”…God, country, and family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, R. Jean (Simpson) Remaley in 2016, by his parents, his brother, Clyde “Bud” L. Remaley, his sister, Audrey (Remaley) Davis, and infant daughter, daughter-in-law, Debra Doege Remaley, and son-in-law, Garry Lynn Johnson. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann Remaley Johnson of Johns, Creek, Georgia and his son, Robert Warren Remaley of Penn Hills. Friends and relatives will be received on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 1-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. Funeral Service Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Rosedale United Methodist Church, 5501 3rd St. Verona, PA 15147, EVERYONE PLEASE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to Rosedale Methodist Church.