Silent Key News

EdwJ Mroz N3XTB - Age 80, formerly of Oakmont, passed on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.Full obituary published in Pittsburgh Post Gazette from May 9 to 10th.

Robert C  Patterson AA3ML -Age 86, of Latrobe, died Friday, April 20, 2018. Obituary published in Greensburg Tribune Review on April 22, 2018.

Bradford Robert Holmes KR4IQ- Age56 of Allison Park, passed away on April 11, 2018.

Gary W. Harkness W3AHT - Age 67 of Braddock Hills PA, passed away on April 10,2018.

Art Bell W6OBB - Age 72 passed away. Art was a well known ham who was the late night host for the "Coast To Coast" radio talkin show for many years.

Arthur O. Gibson N3MLQ - Age 82, of Natrona  Heights,died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Harry Simplson N3QWX- From Monongahela PA passed away on February 21, 2018.  
Earl C Seiler K3SYM -Age 94 from Curry, PA passed away on November 16, 2017.

Robert 'Bob' Siksa K3OFX - Age 72
Of Murrysville, age 72, died on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Dick Hanna K3VYY "SK" - from Beaver Falls PA passed away on December 30, 2017.
Stephen Zajac WA3WOW - Age 75 from Pittsburgh PA (originally from Duquesne PA), and a former member of TRARC passed away on December 24, 2017. .

Don Myslewski K3CHD - A well known ham from North Huntingdon, a former ARRL WPA Section Communications Manager and a former member of TRARC
passed away on December 25, 2017..

Donald J. Myslewski Obituary

John Moran KA3JHB -
of West Newton, PA (Source: Sam KE3PO)
F. Gregg Welch N3PJW -
of Uniontown, PA "SK" (source Charlene KA3RXY)
Bob King W3GH aka 'Green Hornet' -
Age 86 of Apollo, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Richard Doyle'Moe' McKendree WB3ING - age 76 of Armstrong County passed away on September 30, 2017.

Frank Pascoe WB3IAO
- of Trafford, PA passed away on August 8, 2017.

Ray C Danser KA3FGX - o
f Greensburg, PA passed away on August 12, 2017.

Jack Layton W9UK -
of McMurray, PA passed away on July 14, 2017.
Emil Barca KB3CDB - Age 87 passed away on July 5, 2017. Emil was a very active member of the TRARC.

Albert Van Maele W3OVZ - Age 98, originally from McCandless PA, passed away on March 17, 2017 in Erie, PA.
Paul Reed KB3PRG - Age 69, of North Huntingdon PA passed away on March 11, 2017.

John T Siemon W3QH -
Age 84 passed away on August 7, 2017.

Mac McDonald W3KWN -
Age 90, from McKeesport PA passed away on July 24, 20216. Mac was a former member of TRARC.

George Bodnar K3SQQ - a former member of TRARC, passed away in Pittsfield, MA. SK

Angelo 'Ange' Vergona W3HR - passed away on May 16, 2016.

Eric R Johnson KA3RLC -
formerly of West Newton PA, and recently of McKeesport PA, passed away on November 20, 2016 in a house fire.

Cindy Lopota KC1ND -
Age 51, of McKeesport PA passed away on November 18, 2015. Cindy was the wife of TRARC vice president Jim Tapocik.
Cindy was also a very active member of the TRARC.

Ed Peterson KB3FCY - Age 89, of McKeesport Pa, passed away on October 15, 2015. Ed was a former member of TRARC. SK

Jim Stivanson AG3H - of Monroeville PA, passed away on March 17, 2015. Jim was a member of TRARC and served in many positions with TRARC.

Bill Pasternak WA6ITF - Age 73 of Santa Clarita, CA, passed away of June 11 2015. Bill was a well known radio amateur who was the found of
Amateur Radio Newsline (a weekly amateur radio news feature).

Alex Stockmal N1TIV
passed away on September 21, 2015.

James 'Jim' Sunstein N3PDZ - Age 94, of White Oak PA passed away on April 28, 2015.

Albert Zani WO3J - Age 93 from Washington County, passed away on September 23,2014.

Allan Fuller W3APR - Age 75, from Mars PA passee away on September 23, 2013.

George E Petrovich WA3BJS- Age 64 of Greensburg PA passed away on September 11, 2013.

Leonard K Bulgarelli W3IOP - Age 69 of Windgap PA, passed away on July 18, 2013.

Paul Pinyot KB3LZP - Age 54, of Penn Hills PA passed away on July 29, 2013.

Joseph W Kosczuk AA3MM - Age 58 of Latrobe PA passed away on July 6, 2013.   

Harry P Jackson KB3HJ - Age 79 of Irwin PA passed away on July 6, 2013. 

Dennis Derda KB3USV - Age 66 of Natrona Heights PA passed away on March 6, 2013.

Gerald L Jackson K3BZW- Age 71 of Wilkinsburg PA passed awa on June 16, 2013.

Kevin Smith N3HKQ -
Age 59 of Carroll Township passed away on June 10, 2013.

William Bell W3RSR - of Springdale PA passed away on April 8, 2013.

Richard Warren WB3HGL - Age 73 of Somerset PA passed away on January 24, 2013.

Kenneth Faub N3KKH SK
from N3BPB on Jan 24,2013:

With sadness I report the passing of Kenneth J. Faub, N3KKH, on January 22, 
2013. Ken was a registered nurse with the Allegheny County Health Department, .

Ken was a past NHARC member, and active with the American Red Cross and Masonic order. 

Andrew E Hohn Sr N3WNV SK

posted a minute ago by Web Master
As mentioned on the Breeze Shooters Net , Jan 14,2013 


Recently became a Silent Key.

Ernest Metz WB3HZZ /SK

Ernest Metz 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away on Mon., Dec. 17, 2012 in the LifeCare Hospital of Pittsburgh in Monroeville. Born Feb. 12 1925 in Patterson, NJ to the late George and Wilhelmina Lang Metz. A retired engineer for Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Monroeville. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity in Irwin. Ernie was a devoted and longtime volunteer at the former Jeannette District Hospital. He was known for his love of flying and taking aerial photographs. He was also a ham Radio enthusiast for many years. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Campbell Metz. Loving father to Donna Louise Smith of Connellsville, Daniel Karl (Sally) Metz of Irwin, Christina Patton of Pittsburgh; grandfather to Eric and Randy Smith, Kara Zatalochenko, Jessica and Nicole Metz; and four great- grandchildren. Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the J.F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak Street, Irwin. A Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Fri. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dr. Clifton Suehr his pastor officiating. Interment in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Excela Health Hospice, 134 Industrial Blvd., Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit:

Jerone Herman K3LQO SK
Jerome A Herman Of Arlington, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Husband of the late Anna Mae Herman; beloved father of Gerri Lynn (Harry) Meyer, Linda Herman, Glenn (Lois) Herman, and the late Cindy Loris; also nine grandchildren; brother of Albert, Rose Marie Kelley, and the late Edward, Raymond, and James Herman. Friends received Monday 2-4 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. THOMAS J. GMITER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2323 E. Carson St. Funeral Prayer Tuesday 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Church, Prince of Peace Parish at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, 875 North Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

Ronald Lape K3MI SK

Ron Lape K3MI, a well known radio amateur in the Pittsburgh Pa area, passed away on December 4, 2012.

Ron will be laid to rest in the 'National Cemetery of the Alleghenies', with full military honors, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Ron had many friends in the Pittsburgh Pa area. He was very active with Geratol Net, and the South West Pennsylvania Packet Group. Ron was an avid dxer and held many dx awards from both the ARRL and CQ Magazine. Ron also had many friends in the military as he served his country for a long time before retiring. He lived his retirements years in the Brownsville and Perryopolis Pa area. 

73 de Chuck W3ON

Barry Goldblatt W3AFH SK

posted Dec 17, 2012 8:07 PM by Web Master
Barry Goldblatt of Norfolk VA 50 of the 100 block of 39th Street, died, October 10, 2012. Barry was born in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania the son of the late Samuel Goldblatt and Delenora Eckman Goldblatt. Barry was a veteran of the United States Navy and was employed with the Department of Defense as an Electronic Technician. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator and was a member of the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service. Survivors include his two brothers, Robert Gibb of Mckeesport, PA. and James Gibb of Norfolk. He is also survived by his Grandmother Mildred Eckman of Union Town, PA.A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m. Saturday October 13, 2012 at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services from 11 until 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of the S.P.C.A.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Robert McClurg WA3PIB SK

ROBERT'Bob' McClurg.Age 93, of Plum Boro, PA, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Beloved husband of Carrie (Sloan) McClurg for 66 years; loving father of Patsy Jean McClurg, and Richard McClurg and his wife Leslie; loving grandfather of Samantha Jo McClurg. Friends received at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTER OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (1 block East of Mosside Blvd., Rte. 48). Visitation Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin Anglican Church at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 418 Beatty Rd., Monroeville, with Father James Kua Apple as celebrant. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will be private. Corl Family Directors 412-3.72-2100.

John F Martinik W3VJY SK

John F. Martinik, 91, of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Hallsworth House in Monessen. He was born Aug. 21, 1921, in McKeesport, the son of the late John and Mary (Charney) Martinik. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine (Verbick) Martinik; a daughter, Elaine Marie Martinik; and a grandson, Adam Wardle. John was retired with 34 years of service from Bettis Labs in West Mifflin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was an avid ham radio operator. He is survived by a daughter, Rosemary (Ralph) Wardle, of Belle Vernon; and grandchildren, Emily, Zachary, Mary and Rebecca. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Corpus Christi Parish, McKeesport, with burial to follow in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.

George A Friend W3KSJ SK

GE All

I was informed over the weekend that a local radio amateur died on July 4th. He was George A Friend W3KSJ (ex K3ZBI)  of Pleasant Hills PA.
George, also known as 'Buster', was a former member of the Two Rivers ARC, and a member of the South West Pennsylvania Packet
Group. Below is a link to his obituary.

I was sad to hear of Buster's death. I do remember his name being on the membership roster of the Two Rivers ARC in the late 70's and early 80's.
I believe that he was a cousin of former Two Rivers ARC Club member Dick Lindahl K3DMF (SK)..

73 de Chuck W3ON

Kris Nemmer KB3VOP SK 

posted Feb 2, 2012 10:58 AM by Bob Worek   [ updated Feb 5, 2012 12:24 PM ]
Kris Nemmer , a current Director for the Breeze Shooters passed away on Feb1, 2012.  Her husband is the Checker for the Breeze Shooters.  

KRISTINA L. (SNIADACH) NEMMER age 47, suddenly on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, of Carrick, formerly of Bethel Park. Wife of John F. Nemmer; daughter of Eugene and the late Katina (Moskoyes) Sniadach; sister of Michael Sniadach, Teresa Kortyna, Frank Sniadach, and Rebecca Miller. Visitations Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at BORON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her Services on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Robert Poisel WE3O SK


I just received a call from Sally, Bob Poisel WE3O's sister.  She called to tell me that Bob passed away yesterday evening.  She had been to see him on Wednesday afternoon and when she got home the message was already on her machine. Further information on funeral arrangements are as follows--

Viewing at Striffler's Funeral Home, Lincoln way and O'Neil Blvd, White Oak, Friday January 27 from 4PM to 8PM.

Service to be held at St. Angela Merici  Church, 
1640 Fawcett Avenue ~ White Oak, 8:30AM, Saturday, January 28.

de Roger WI3R

William F Bowser K3KUH SK

William F. Bowser Jr., 86, of East Deer Township, formerly of Cheswick, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Harmar Care Village, Harmar Township. He was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Barking, to the late William F. and Doris Phillips Bowser Sr. and had been a life resident of the local area. An electrical engineer, he worked for Bell Telephone for 30 years retiring in 1980. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in the Pacific Theater of the Army Air Force. He was a founding member of the Sky View Ham Radio Club and used the call letters K3KUH. Bill enjoyed spending time at his camp along French Creek north of Meadville, fishing and was a loyal member of the Steeler Nation. Survivors include his sons, Jeffrey (Lori) Bowser, of East Deer Township, and James Bowser, of Tarentum; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Melissa) Bowser Jr., Shawn, Kayla and Karly Bowser; great-grandchildren, Jayda and Jeffrey Bowser III; and brother, Charles (Dolores) Bowser, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine V. Skohut Bowser; and a sister, Connie Glowgowski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg road at Alder street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Harold Mele. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

-- Bill was a good neighbor and a mentor --de Ag3U

Bob Bashaw W3ZEH SK

W3ZEH Obit-Walter R. "Bob" Bashaw, 74, of Donegal, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Walter A. and Eugenia M. Lello Bashaw. "Bob" was an elevator construction engineer, and he was a veteran of the Air Force. He was a member of Franklin Lodge F&AM. Among his hobbies, Bob was an avid competitive rifle shooter and hunter. He was also an active ham radio operator (W3ZEH). He was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. He is survived by his wife, Gail A. Bashaw; two children, Walter Robert Bashaw II and his wife, Megan, of Mt. Lebanon, and Christine Adams and her husband, Richard, of Lovettsville, Va.; five grandchildren, Cecilia, Colin, Nathan, Sara and J.R.; a sister, Janice Gardner, of Carnegie; and a niece, Jennifer Gardner, of Seattle, Wash. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, David Bashaw. Friends will be received from 7 to 9
p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto as celebrant. 

Samuel T Turner W3UST SK

Age 92, of McMurray, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Beloved husband of Doris (Tompkins) Turner for 62 years; loving father of Kurtis Turner of Grand Rapids, MI and Gregg A. (Marie) Turner of Cranberry/ the Butler Area; caring grandfather of Alex and Evan; brother of Shirley Turner of Monroeville, and the late George Turner, Thomas Turner, and Sarah Sigler; son of the late George and Caroline Turner; also survived by a cousin, Thelma Cesarone and numerous nieces and nephews. Sam was employed for over 44 years at Westinghouse Research and Development Labs in Churchill as an Engineering Specialist. Sam was a long time member of Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and his call letters were W3UST. He was also a member of East McKeesport Lodge No. 765 and Lodge Council Chapter Consistory in Pgh. He was a Presbyterian elder and deacon and member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray, 724-941-3211, on Sunday 12 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made to Westminster Endowment Fund, 2040 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Please add or view tributes at
Send condolences at

Jerry L Shadle WA3UTL SK

Jerry L. Shadle – WA3UTL
Silent Key
Jerry passed peacefully on November 3, 2011 at home, after illness.  He is survived by his wife, Janet M. Shadle, KG4JBB.  Jerry originally from the 
New Kensington and Greensburg area, and then in northern Virginia, recently returned to the Pittsburgh area.  Jerry, in his amateur radio career, was very 
active in ARES, RACES and local clubs.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Mount Pisgah United Presbyterian Church, 31 Warriors Road, off of 
Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. 
de Bill, N3BPB   …_._

Reprinted from Skyview Reflector

Mark Schallenberger N3PBQ SK

posted Aug 11, 2011
Mark Schallenberger, N3PBQ became a silent key yesterday in a tragic train accident.  He lived in Westmoreland County 2003 -2005 and was very active in  Pittsburgh area Skywarn and other emcomm activities.  He continued his interest in SKYWARN and ARES after moving to Crawford County working mainly with Cleveland Skywarn.  He was a member of the Crawford County Amateur Radio Society. 
      73 OM
 de Larry AB3ER

Paul Gidos N3ZIC SK
Just learned of the passing of Paul Gidos - N3ZIC of West Leechburg. Will pass along info as it becomes available
Posted Jul 29, 2011 

Ernest B Gelpi NI3D / Sk

From the Somerset list:


It is with deep regards that I would like to let everyone know that Ernie NI3D pasted away this week.


Here a copy of the Somerset Daily American obituary

12:17 a.m. EDT, July 21, 2011
Ernest Bernard Gelpi, 74, of Boswell, Pa., (Jenners Crossroads) formerly of Somerset, died July 19, 2011, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pa. Born June 18, 1937, in Somerset, son of Bernard and Martha (Beeman) Gelpi. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife the former Evalyn Ann Goss to whom he was married 49 years, children: Thomas Gelpi and wife Judith (Godin) of Jenners Crossroads, Lee Gelpi and wife Deborah (West) of Orlando, Tina Hillegas and husband Roger Sr. of Schellsburg, grandchildren: Shawn Gelpi and wife Jennifer of Justin, TX, Kristopher Gelpi of Jenners Crossroads , Roger Hillegas III and wife Ashlee of Fort Drum, NY, Chasity Hillegas and fiance Chris Dattillo of Schellsburg, Brandon Hillegas and wife Kristie of Imler, Pa., great-grandchildren: Courtney, Chandler, Mason and Izabella. Brothers and sister: John B. Gelpi; Richard E. Gelpi and wife Judy; Bernice A. Barnett all of Somerset, Robert W. Gelpi and wife Pat of Mesa, AZ, Michael A. Gelpi and wife Maggie of Friedens. Ernest is a 1955 graduate of Somerset High School and a 1957 graduate of Devry Tech. He worked until his retirement as owner/operator of Gelpi's TV Sales and Service. He was also a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Amature Radio Club and American Legion Post 181. Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset, where a vigil for the deceased will be conducted at 1:45 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass will be conducted 9 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Somerset, with the Fr. Daniel J. O'Neill Celebrant. Committal: Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Jacque Gosselin N3ZEL SK

As posted Jul 2, 2011 9:48 PM
It was found out tonite that we have lost another Amateur Licensee.
With deepest sadness , Jacque Gosselin - N3ZEL / SK

 From Bud, N3TIR President of WACOM

It is with immense sadness I have to announce that a member of WACOM has become a Silent Key. Jackie was a long time member of WACOM. She served as President for 8 years, the last 3 years as our newsletter editor and she managed our VE exam team. She has always had a place in her heart for new amateur operator's especially new YL operators. She guided WACOM thru some tough years and started many traditions like the sportsmen show and many of the walk communications that we cover. Jackie was devoted to the advancement of amateur radio. We will update information as it is available. She will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to Ed (N3ZNI) and her entire family.
                    Bud & Norma Plants
(Above reprinted from Skyview Yahoo Group)

 Bob Ross KA3AVB SK

As posted Apr 17, 2011 5:57 PM

reprinted from NHARC
I am sorry to report that Bob Ross, KA3AVB, is now a silent key. Please check the local newspapers for funeral details. Bob has been a member of the NHARC for more years than I can remember. Unfortunately, his last couple of years where spent in the hospital. He had a borrowed HT so he could remain active on 2 meters. He checked into our Club net most weeks.
A Navy WWII veteran, member of the North Hills ARC, BreezeShooters, ARES participant.  Survived by wife of over 64 years Jean M. and daughter Shirley.  Visitations and arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116.   Phone 412-486-4546 .

Visitations Monday, April 18, 2011, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM  and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Service at funeral home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Ed DeHart

 John Colbert K3SDL SK

As posted May 9, 2011 10:13 PM
As relayed on the Breeze Shooters net Monday May 9, John Colbert - K3SDL has become a silent key at the age of 82..  John has been living in Dallas Tx for many years.  Being still radio active from his apartment, he was making contacts into the Pittsburgh area via his computer and Echolink.  Also a past BOD member of the Breeze Shooters.
de Ag3u

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