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David R. Petrulsky, Sr.

April 24, 1946 ~ March 4, 2022 (age 75)

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Our beloved David peacefully passed away on March 4, 2022, surrounded by his family and friends.  

David was born in McAdoo, on April 24, 1946, to Anthony and Mary (Didick) Petrulsky, Sr.  He attended Hazleton High School and Vocational School, Class of 1964.  

After serving in the United States Army in Vietnam, Dave was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in December 1967. While there he received the Good Conduct Medal-First Award, National Defense Service Medal-First Award, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. David was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Once returning home, he spent his adult life working in the local area and worked his way up into the role of a master butcher starting from Kreisel Meats and Reading Specialty Meats until retirement from Giant Foods.  Prior to that, he worked at Casale and Clementi Cheese Factory, Hazleton.  

Dave was a die-hard Eagles and Phillies fan who enjoyed traveling on family vacations, playing softball, and playing in the fingers league in his earlier years.  

He was an avid hunter and loved hunting at "The Hollow'' in McAdoo.  Some of his favorite local places were Jimmy’s Hot Dogs and Third Base Subs along with Senape's Pitza. He also loved his family and friends from the McAdoo Hotel, Hillcrest Pizza, Cara’s Bar, Bunny's Lounge, Fireside Lounge, 4th Street Pub and the Doghouse Saloon.

He spent his retirement watching classic westerns and war movies, nurturing his pet birds, and spending time with family and friends. He was known for his great sense of humor, taste in classic cars and juke box song selections, as well as for always toasting the important moments in life.

After living in Pennsylvania all his life, he decided to relocate to the Wasatch mountains of Utah to be more comfortable in his later years at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans Home. 

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, are his life partner Janet Simchock; children, David Petrulsky Jr. and Michael “Hoagie” Petrulsky; brother, Robert Petrulsky; and Kathryn Merenda, who was mother of his children Raymond and David Jr.

Surviving, are his son Raymond Petrulsky of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Michele Lynn Petrulsky of West Hazleton; stepchildren Reverend Shawn Simchock and Tara (Simchock) Arner; grandchildren, Keely (Petrulsky) Winemiller, Brannon Petrulsky and Desiree Petrulsky; great-grandchildren, Kevin Ray and Matthew Alan Winemiller; sister Jacqueline Shickora of Tresckow;  brother Anthony Petrulsky of McAdoo; sister-in-law Dolores Petrulsky of McAdoo; Rosemarie Petrulsky, who is mother to his children Michele and late Michael; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.  

The family would like to sincerely thank all who have reached out and those who made impressions upon his life.  David's love and sense of humor will be passed down for generations to come.  

A visitation will be held at Walker Funeral Home in Spanish Fork, UT on Friday, March 11, 2022, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. 

His funeral will be held Wednesday, April 20th. The Rev. Shawn Simchock will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Hazleton. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s B.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.

The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

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March 11, 2022

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Walker Funeral Home
187 S. Main St.
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Mass of Christian Burial
April 20, 2022

10:00 AM
Holy Rosary R.C. Church
240 S. Poplar St.
Hazleton, PA 18201

Interment following funeral service
April 20, 2022

St. Michael s B.C Cemetery

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