Zachary Francis McLaughlin

Born: Mon., Jul. 22, 1991
Died: Sat., Sep. 26, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 01, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Oct. 02, 2020
Location: Youngsville Free Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 02, 2020
Location: Youngsville Free Methodist Church

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Zachary Francis McLaughlin, 29, of Youngsville, PA, died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born July 22, 1991, in Warren, a son to George and Karen (O’Dea) McLaughlin, who survive him of Youngsville.

In addition to his parents, Zach is survived by his sister, Ashley McLaughlin and her companion, Nicholas Verno, of Carnegie, PA; his companion, Sami McAulay and her daughter Arielle Darling; his maternal grandmother, Patricia O’Dea, of Warren; his uncle and Godfather, Edward (Patti) McLaughlin of Gulfport, MS; an aunt, Maureen Berg, of Warren, an aunt and Godmother, Kathleen (Kevin) O’Dea-Wiles, of Warren, an aunt, Colleen McLaughlin of NC; his cousins, Lindsey and Alexander Berg, Crystal McCune and Michael McLaughlin, Kristen and Adrian McLaughlin as well as several other close family members.

Zach was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Don M. McLaughlin Sr. and Fannie Louise McLaughlin-Tipton, his paternal step-grandfather, Alvin S. Tipton; his maternal grandfather, George Francis O’Dea; his maternal step-grandfather, Dr. Nestor Kohut; two uncles, Don M. McLaughlin Jr. and Robert N. McLaughlin, as well as his lifelong best friend, Jeremy Saporito.

Zach grew up in Youngsville, PA and graduated from Youngsville High School in 2009. When he wasn’t being the class clown, he loved making people laugh, he was involved in football, track and field, baseball, marching band and other school organizations. Zach dedicated over 10 years to Boy Scout Troop 22 and was awarded his Eagle Scout Award in 2009, during which he made lifelong friends and memories at the Irvine Presbyterian Church, where he was a member. During his high school years, Zach became certified in welding after completing the 3-year program at the Warren County Career Center. After graduation, Zach studied Power Sport Technology at Power Sport Institute in Cleveland, OH. After obtaining his degree, Zach most recently worked as a Welder Fabricator at Phoenix Metals in Jamestown, NY but shared his skills at The Galley Restaurant, Matco Tools, Great Lakes Manufacturing, Beacon Light, P. Willz Customz and others over the years.

Zach was a loving son, brother, friend, companion, and “bonus Dad” to Arielle. Zach lived for spending time with his beloved friends and family and just about anything with wheels that goes fast. He was truly one-of-a-kind and spent most of his free time riding and working on motorcycles and four-wheelers with friends, in addition to camping, listening to music, and making people smile. Zach recently started racing his four-wheeler at Maple Shade MX in Sugar Grove, PA. He lived by the motto “Live Life Wide Open” after the tragic loss of his lifelong best friend, Jeremy Saporito. He lived his short life to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same by following their dreams. No matter where Zach went, you could count on people being brought together and having a great time. He had the most contagious smile and brought a vibrant, joyful presence into every room he entered. He will be deeply missed by many people within the community and the immense amount of people he has touched during his life. Zach’s many friends and family will miss his zest for life and his deep care for the people around him and, of course, his one-in-a-million smile.

Family and friends will be invited to call on Thursday, October 1, at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis Street, Youngsville, PA 16371, from 4-7pm and Friday, from 10-11am at which time a funeral service will be held there with Rev. Rick Hamrick, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Irvine Presbyterian Cemetery. A Boy Scout Vesper service will be held at 7pm Thursday evening.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 22, C/O Barb Mourer, 28500 Route 6, PO Box 300, Youngsville, PA 16371.

The Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at

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Sue and Ron Turner
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Grizz, Karen, Ashley and family,

As I try to type this note, I find myself at a loss for words. I cannot imagine any words or actions that can help you right now. All I can say is you have all been a part of our lives for so long...through preschool, boy scouts, riding wheelers, overnights, monster truck rallies...I could go on and on. Our kids have grown but memories remain the same. I hope that your memories of Zach, all his crazy antics and heartfelt actions, can give you peace someday. He is already missed by so many. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. RIP you crazy kid.

Brittanny Gesin
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Ashley, Karen, Grizz and family.

My heart goes out to all of you. I just cannot accept the fact that Zach is gone. He was a great kid. Please if you guys need absolutely ANYTHING feel free to reach out. You guys were always like a second family to me. May Zach rest in sweet paradise.

Timothy Bailor, Kelly Bailor
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
There are know words. We just want you to know your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers🙏

Eileen Cookie Bailey
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I am deeply sorry for your loss!! Zach was a great guy with a kind heart. Glad to have the pictures and memories.❤️❤️❤️ Prayers for healing our heavy hearts!!! He will be missed!!!😘

Debbie and Larry
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
There are no words to express our feelings. We thought the
world of Zach. It is a great loss.
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏.

Chelsea Rickerson (Bush)
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Karen, Grizz, and Ash,
There are no words to explain how greatly sorry I am for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to you through this difficult time! Zach was one of a kind, he sure knew how to light up any room with his contagious personality!

With Love Always.

Missy n Rick Woodcock
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Please accept our sincere condolences....You’re all in our thoughts and prayers🙏

Brianna fortman
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Dear karen his father and ashley, i know this is a hard time i grew up with zach. He treated me like his little sister.. i always loved hbeing apart of your family and karen you treating me like your own kid. I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. I love and miss him forever

Beverly L. Moore
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
To Zack's family, I got to know Zack some this year when he would come here for Matt. He was such a Beautiful person inside and out.. His smile made you glad he had come, he talked was polite and such a joy. I can not believe this has fallen on you my heart breaks for you all. I hope God can give you some peace. Beverly L. Moore

   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
I went to school with Zach he had such a great soul and all around amazing person! Prayers to his family❣️

Scotty and Caitlynn
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
To the McLaughlin Family,

Trying to think of the words to say how much Zach impacted my life but everyone’s is probably the toughest thing to do. No matter what kind of situation was going on or how bad of a day someone was having his presence alone lifted the spirits of everyone around. He was a big lovable goofball who I wouldn’t want to spend my childhood with. Grizz, Karen and Ashley, I am so sorry for this terrible loss. I know you guys are going through a tough time but just know that he loved everyone one of you and was loved by so many. Zach I’ll miss you deeply but I know you and sappy are partying it up in heaven. Keep looking down on us and look out for us and steer us in the right direction. RIP Big Red!

Pollow Family
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
From the bottom of our hearts we want to reach out and take this opportunity to wish you our sincerest condolences. Zach was such a sweet soul, always uplifting and the life of the party. He truly was a blessing and we are so lucky to have had him in our lives. He will forever be in our hearts!

Lauren Grabowski
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
There are never the right words to say when someone passes let alone when someone as amazing as Zach passes. He was everyone's friend no matter who you were. He always wanted to make you laugh and put a smile on your face. If you were sad or upset he would make sure you weren't anymore. He is going to leave a huge hole in so many peoples hearts. I'm so so sorry from the bottom of my heart.

Matt Theuret
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
Im so sorry for your loss. Zach was an amazing person and an even better friend to my brother Eric

Karen Madigan
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
Karen & Family
So very sorry for your loss. Please know you in my thoughts and Prayers🙏🏻. God Bless.

   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
We send so many prayers to the family, All I ever heard as a mom of my own kids going to school with Zach,was how funny and awesome he was.Fly high and free now like the Youngsville Eagles,Watch over your family and friends as they go thru this time if missing you Zach.Rest easy and have a great time in the heavens above.

Booie Kalkbrenner
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
To Family and Friends of Zach,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow. May your loss be eased by the Grace of God and His guidance while you morn Zach's passing through this world.
Booie Kalkbrenner

Mary Kittell
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
Karen and your whole family please know that Mark and I so so sorry for your loss. We can't imagine what you all are going through but praying for great peace and comfort through this time. Again so very sorry.💞

judy and vern perrin
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
We are so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you all. We remember Zach as a little boy - he and our son Alex (vern) playing at the buckaloons campground. I know there are no words - just know that I am praying for you. Judy and Vern

Linda D. Steele
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
I too would like to express my condolences to family and friends of Zack. I was one of his Sunday School teachers at Irvine Prebyterian Church. He did light up the class with his smile and joy for life. His death is hard for me to wrap myself around, but I am sustained by many happy memories. May God be with you and comfort you now and in the future.
Linda Steele

Donald brown
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
So sorry for your guys lost. Thoughts and prayers for you guys.
Zach was always fun to be around

Anne and Larry Tyers
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020

Karen, Grizz and Ashley, we just heard about Zach and cannot imagine what the past week has been like. Losing a son and brother is a tragedy, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Karen you were there for my son Chad and myself during his difficult time and Ashley you have always been a great friend to Alex. I miss all of you coming to our house to spend time. Please , please reach out at anytime, 563-9889

Anne and Larry

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