AMerican Veteran 11

Daniel Otto "Dan" Surrena

June 1, 1938 ~ September 3, 2022 (age 84)


Daniel Otto “Dan” Surrena, 84, of Chicora, went to be with the Lord late Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2022 at the Chicora Medical Center.

Dan was born in Clintonville, Venango County, on June 1, 1938.  He was the son of the late Daniel E. and Jean Titus Surrena.

He was a 1957 graduate of Moniteau High School and was a United States Navy veteran having served his country from 1957-1961.  Dan and his wife were longtime members of the Karns City United Methodist Church.  Dan retired from the machine shop at Penreco in Karns City following more than 36 years of service.  He enjoyed taking walks, talking and joking with friends and relatives, reading and watching westerns, NASCAR and IndyCar, camping, traveling and dancing.  Dan was a skilled carpenter working on various projects around his home.  In his later years was glad to share his expertise as “the foreman” on family building projects.  He looked forward to family dinners at his home.

Dan is survived by his wife, Donna J. Umstead Surrena, whom he married at the former Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church on February 10, 1962.  Also surviving are three children, Debbie L. Steele and her husband, Rick, Denise M. Young and her husband, Walter, and David W. Surrena and his wife, Sue, all of Chicora; “Sonny” is survived by a brother, Robert Surrena of Mesa, AZ; eight grandchildren, R. Bruce Steele and his wife, Jessica, Serina Steele-Haller, Rebecca Ostrzeniec and her husband, Mark, Joshua Young and his wife, Jessica, Heather West and her husband, Patrick, Sarah Roudebush and her husband, Kyle, Megan Wiley and her husband, Jon, and Dillan Surrena and his girlfriend, Autumn; 11 great grandchildren, as well as a number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, from Noon – 2 and 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday.  A funeral service will be held from the funeral home at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Bev Roscoe, pastor of the Karns City United Methodist Church, officiating.   Military honors will be accorded by members of the Chicora and Brady’s Bend American Legion Posts.  Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Chicora.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at    Condolences may be sent by visiting

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