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Donald G. McElravy Jr.

August 23, 1952 ~ April 12, 2021 (age 68)


Donald G. “Don” McElravy Jr., 68, of Karns City, went to be with the Lord Monday morning, April 12, 2021 at Butler Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side.

Donald was born in Butler on August 23, 1952.  He was the son of the late Donald G. “Hank” and Roseora Snyder McElravy.

He was a 1970 graduate of Karns City Area High School and graduated in 1974 with a BS in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University.  He was a long time member of the Karns City United Methodist Church.  Don enjoyed woodworking and vegetable gardening, and most especially the company of his six grandchildren, who were the “light of his life”.  In his earlier years he was devoted to homeschooling his children.  Don loved his country and was a proud patriot.

Don had been employed for many years at Calumet Penreco in Karns City and retired as a lab technician in 2016.

Don is survived by his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” Wynn McElravy, whom he married at the Bible Baptist Church of Ivywood near Saxonburg on March 15, 1980.  Also surviving are two sons, Jensen A. McElravy and his wife, Jennifer, of Karns City and Benjamin T. McElravy and his wife, Whitney, of Chicora; Don was affectionately known as “Poppy” by his six grandchildren, Ethan, Cayden, Deklan, Kaylee, Liam, and Landon McElravy; two brothers, Thomas L. “Tom” McElravy and his wife, Patricia, of Karns City and Peter D. “Pete” McElravy and his wife, Jeanine, of Chicora; his aunts and uncle, Charlotte Early Kloker of Karns City and Phyllis and Don Wigton of Glendale, AZ; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, all of Butler, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant twin sisters, his grandparents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law.

A memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at or the Ronald McDonald House at  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City.  Condolences may be sent by visiting

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