Perry A. Dewald, age 66, of Danville passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
Born at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville on May 18, 1956, he was a son of the late Gerald and Anna (Reichenbach) Dewald. He was a lifelong resident of the Danville area and a 1974 graduate of Danville High School.
Perry was employed as a heavy equipment operator at the Hanson Quarry, Milton for 40 years, retiring in 2016. After retirement, he enjoyed delivering pizza’s part time for Dominos.
He was a life member of the East End Fire Company and also belonged to the Continental Fire Co., Friendship Fire Co., Washington “Washies” Fire Co. all of Danville and the Liberty Fire Co. of Mooresburg. He also belonged to the Danville Moose Lodge 1133, Danville VFW Post 298, Millville American Legion Post 564 and was a member of the Danville Rod & Gun Club at Blossburg for almost 60 years and enjoyed spending time there.
Perry loved watching sports and was an avid fan of Penn State Football, Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies.
Surviving is his wife, the former Anne M. Pursel, with whom he celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on September 16, 2022 and together they made many wonderful memories; two daughters: Andria Sanchez, Danville and Dawn, wife of Patrick Anderson, New Berlin; a step-daughter, Michelle, wife of James Getkin, Riverside; three step- children: Bryan Clark, Ft. Myers, Fla., Allyson Clark, Danville and Eric Clark, Eugene, Ore.; six grandchildren: Jonathan, Alex, Adriana, Colby, Kimberley and Jaxon, who was his special buddy; a sister, Renee E., wife of Theodore “Ted” Benza of Millville; a nephew, Andrew Gearhart, Vancouver, British Columbia; his in-laws, William and Rose Pursel, Danville,; three brothers-in-law: Will Pursel and his wife Jenn, Watkins, Colo., Matt Pursel and his wife Katrina, Berwick, and Andy Pursel and his wife Monica, Pittsburgh.
Perry is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many cousins and friends and a lifetime of memories. His dogs were very special to him and they are Ava, Libby and Ruff.
Perry was an organ donor and he will live on with his selfless act of giving the Gift of Life. The family would like to thank the entire staff of H FAM 7 at GMC for their care and compassion during this past week.
Private services will be held at the convenience of his family with a celebration of life to be held at a later time which will be announced.
In memory of Perry, hug your loved ones, raise your glass and live every day as if it’s your last.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville.