Joseph Pirschl

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | December 27, 2016

Joseph Pirschl, age 89, of Greensburg, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016, at home. He was born March 30, 1927 in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Joseph and Diana (Calcey) Pirschl. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and went on to be co-founder of the Serro Travel Trailer Company in 1956 along with his father in law, John Serro. Due to his efforts, the Scotty brand of camping trailers became an icon in the RV industry. Two of the original models are currently in the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

Due to his promotional efforts, several Scotty trailers were featured prizes on the Price is Right game show in the 60’s. He was also the co-founder of Scottyland Campground near Rockwood in Somerset County. He was a member of Bible Fellowship Church, PRVCA, the NRA, and a former member of Norwin Rotary. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters Aurelia Pirschl and Marcy Piazza. He is survived by his wife of sixty three years, Florence (Serro) Pirschl; children Gary J. Pirschl of Champion, Susan (John) Skundrich of North Huntingdon, and Anne (Henri) Degre of Greensburg; and nine grandchildren Noah and Pierce Pirschl, Lauren, Timothy, Andrew, and Diana Skundrich, and Brayden, Samuel, and Nicolas Degre. Those that knew Joe loved his witty personality and sense of humor. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather at 11 a.m. Thursday for a funeral service with Pastor Robert Williams, officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to Bible Fellowship Church, 250 Brush Creek Rd., Irwin, PA 15642 or a boy’s orphanage Joe supported, El Rancho Del Rey., P.O. Box 4724, Olathe, KS 66063-4724. For online condolences please visit

Originally published December 27, 2016.

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