Raymond Szpanka, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at home. He was born July 31, 1931 in Glassport and was the son of the late Walter and Helen Dumala Szpanka. Raymond was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and the Polish National Alliance. He was a Sergeant serving in the US Army in the Korean War. For his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal with one bronze star, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a mechanical engineer at the Westinghouse Plant Apparatus Division. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores Kobik Szpanka of Elizabeth Township, daughter, Ruth Szpanka of Pittsburgh, close friend of the family, Sue Woloschuk of Pittsburgh, daughter-in-law, Juliebeth Benko of Austin, TX, brother, John Szpanka of Fairfax, VA, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Chester Englert of Elizabeth, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, David Szpanka, sisters, Leocadia Grayson and Theresa Bohinski, brothers, Stanley, Edward and Walter Szpanka. Friends are welcome Thursday, August 10, 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 held at Corpus Christi Parish on Friday, August 11, 10:00 am with The Rev. Steven Palsa, officiating. Entombment with Military Honors will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published August 09, 2017.