Donald James “Bucky” Chontos

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | May 05, 2023

Donald James “Bucky” Chontos, 91, of White Oak passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2023.  He was born November 12, 1931 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Madden) Chontos. He graduated from St. Peter's High School, class of 1949.   Bucky was a US Army Veteran who served during the Korean War,  and for his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal.  Upon his return home, he would go on to work as a Metallurgical Technician for Bettis, J & L Steel Research and Crucible Steel Research. He would go on to retire in maintenance from the former St. Pius V Church in McKeesport.  Bucky was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish and attended their Corpus Christi location.  He was a member of The Knights of Columbus, an avid bowler in his younger days and an avid Steelers fan, especially during the 1970s. He will be greatly missed. 

 He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Ann (Woll) Chontos; daughters, Dawn Louise Ziba of Lake Worth, FL and Christine Lynch of White Oak; son, David Brian (Jennifer) Chontos of Forest Hills; grandchildren, Jacqueline Lynch, Madison R. Chontos and Benjamin R. Chontos; as well as nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Gerald Chontos; sisters, Margaret Jean Wheaton, Elizabeth "Betty" Marinack, Renelda Krall Dwojak; and a brother, John Chontos.  Friends are welcome on Sunday,  May 7, 2023 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak, (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 10 am at Mary, Mother of God Parish, Corpus Christi Worship Site. Internment with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Mifflin.  Condolences may be made at

Originally published May 05, 2023.

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