Wade Burns McKenney

Born: Wed., May 19, 1920
Died: Sun., Jan. 4, 2015

Family to do services at later date

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Wade B. McKenney, 94, a resident of the Rouse Warren Co. Home, passed away there on Sunday January 4, 2015.

Devoted father of Janet McCormack of Pleasantville, Pa., and Arlene Sofranko of Tidioute, and Punta Gorda, FL., and father-in-law of Michael Sofranko, Jr.  Wade is also survived by his four grandchildren, R. Brian McCormack of Virginia, Megan McCormack Dodge of California, Michael Sofranko III, of Ohio, Patrick Sofranko of Florida, and his five great grandchildren, Madeline and Maxwell Dodge, Annie and Joseph McCormack and Michael Sofranko IV.

Wade was born in Pittsburgh and was a lifelong resident of Ambridge and Fair Oaks, Pa., and most recently a resident of the Rouse Estate. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathryn Papinchack McKenney, his parents Margaret Burns Henderson McKenney and George F. McKenney, and his brothers, Edward F. McKenney, Thomas Henderson, James Henderson and William Henderson.

Wade was a decorated Marine Corporal, serving during WW II in the South Pacific with G Company, 2nd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment and received a Purple Heart for injuries received in Guadalcanal.

He retired from Allis Chalmers in Pittsburgh and was an active member of the V.F.W. Post 5756 in Sewickley, Pa., and the V.F.W. Post 5945 in Beaver Falls, Pa. wade also enjoyed serving in the V.F.W. Honor Guard and was an active volunteer for the Marine Corp sponsored Toys for Tots Program for many years. Wade and Kathryn were longtime members of the United Presbyterian Church in Ambridge, Pa.

A private memorial service for family will be held at Economy Cemetery in Ambridge, Pa. at a later date.

The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Youngsville have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.

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Bob Wagner
   Posted Fri July 10, 2015
I would like to express my deepest condolences for your loss. Wade was a very special Marine and helped us form the MCL Ohio Valley Detachment #882. From the very start Wade was an important part of our unit and took the Sgt of Arms position which he covered for many years.
Wade was a great guy to work with and I take great pride in his friendship.

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