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Paul Joseph Detruf
August 28, 1950 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Paul Joseph Detruf passed away Monday, January 29, 2024 with his family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 28, 1950 in Greensburg, a son of the late Paul and Ida (John) Detruf. Paul attended Sacred Heart School and Jeannette High School where he started dating the love of his life, Andrea (Horvatic). They graduated together in 1968 and married at Sacred Heart Church in 1970. He was a member of Ascension Church growing up as an altar server there and recently joined St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City. After over 40 years, Paul retired from the Elliott Company in 2010. Paul was a member of Elliott Retirees, Irwin Sportsmen’s Club, a social member of Jeannette American Legion, and VFW in Schellsburg. He was a former member and fire chief of Grandview VFD and former member of Jeannette Fire Dept. For many years, he enjoyed his Thursday gatherings at the Uke’s. Paul was a true outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and camping on the weekends at Hillegass Campground. He loved taking trips to Erie and spending time with his Erie relatives. Surviving are his devoted wife, Andrea, of 53 years, daughter and son-in-law Dawn & James Turkovich, and son and daughter-in-law Paul & Amy Detruf. He will be sadly missed by his loving grandchildren Lauren & Joseph Turkovich and Gianna & Andrew Detruf. Although he was very proud of the accomplishments of all his family, his grandchildren were his greatest source of pride. He made sure they learned how to fish, and he attended all their sporting events as long as he could. He especially enjoyed attending all their ATA events. Paul still mourned the loss of his canine buddy Niko. He is also survived by a brother Tom. Honoring Paul's wishes, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 9 at 11 am at St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dick Vitale V-Foundation for Cancer Research, Greensburg Mutual Aid Ambulance Service, or any Animal Shelter. Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Inc is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences visit www.mason-gelder.com.