DeWayne A. Wivagg

DeWayne A. “Dewey” Wivagg died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born in Pittsburgh, November 20, 1924, age 86. Of the Haler Heights section of McKeesport, he was the retired owner of Wivagg Printing Company, where he apprenticed in his early teens. He was a member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church, the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, where he served on various committees and as former Chairman of its Board of Trustees. A Director and Past President of the McKeesport Heritage Center, he was instrumental in developing a series of events honoring Helen Richey. A member and Past President of the McKeesport Lions Club, he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Club International Foundation. Dewey was interested in and generous to many local organizations. He was founder of the Blanche and DeWayne Wivagg Foundation, which provides nursing scholarships to students in our area in addition to grants to local churches and civic groups. He was a member of the Youghiogheny Country Club, a Trustee of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, a member of Youghiogheny Lodge #583, F&AM; Zerubbabel-Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter #162; Pittsburgh Commandery #1, Knights Templar; Syria Temple of the Shrine and its McKeesport Caravan #4, and enjoyed attending adult continuing education classes at Carnegie Mellon University. A WW II US Navy veteran, he served as Pharmacist’s Mate First Class in Okinawa.

Son of the late Elmer A. and Theresa Thompson Wivagg; husband of the late Blanche Kuticka Wivagg; he is survived by his loving wife, Evette Larosa Anderson Wivagg; 2 sons, Richard A. (Helen) Anderson of Bethlehem, PA and Reed K. Anderson of Orlando, FL; 2 granddaughters, Lauren (Raymond) Midlem of Bluebell, PA and Ashley Anderson of Orlando, FL; his sister-in-law, Helen E. Miller of Long Beach, CA; also by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Krysik, his grandson, Douglas Paul Krysik, and his son-in-law, Joe Krysik.

Visitation and services have been postponed until next week. Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 next Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 1-4 & 6-8 PM. A service will take place next Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 AM in Beulah Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family suggests contributions to Beulah Park United Methodist Church, the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, the McKeesport Heritage Center, or to the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.