Obituary for Samuel F. DeJeet Jr., 595th 70-71

This is the first of a series of notices from Steven Dragovich 981st 70-71.
Published in the Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) on Nov. 18, 2002:
Samuel F. DeJeet Jr., 595 70-71 56, of New Eagle, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, in his home. Born Dec. 28, 1945, in Monongahela, he was the son of Sam Sr. and Anna Kassa DeJeet, who reside in New Eagle.
Mr. DeJeet graduated from Monongahela High School and then went on to earn his B.A. in English Education from Salem College in Salem, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was assigned for thirteen months to the Military Police Unit in DaNang. During his tour, he received the Purple Heart for an injury sustained while attached to the #504 Military Police Company. He was presented an honorable discharge in 1976. After returning from Vietnam he taught for four years as an English teacher for the Clairton School District before going to work as a coal miner. In 1985 he moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he worked for ten years as a molder. After moving back to New Eagle, he worked as a security guard for three years. He was a member of the Monongahela American Legion Post #302 and the Mon Valley Honor Guard.
Surviving are one daughter, Nicole DeJeet of Arlington, Va.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jason E. and Christine Capps of Upper St. Clair and Bret A. DeJeet of Washington, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Cathy A. and Paul Pro and a brother and sister-in-law, Robert A. and Sharon DeJeet, all of New Eagle; and a granddaughter, Lillian Nicole Capps.
Friends will be received at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, where a Blessing Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John Baver officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. DeJeet’s name to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Pittsburgh, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 203, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15234.