Forrest F. “Woody” Versaw, Jr., age 97, of Middlesex Twp., formerly of Hampton Twp., passed away on Wednesday morning, October 21, 2020 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Drumright, Oklahoma, on May 23, 1923, he was the son of the late Forrest F. and Ruth Jean Medly Versaw, Sr.
Woody earned a football scholarship to Franklin and Marshall College in 1941. Between High School and College, Woody served in the W.W. II in the United States Army with the 159th Engineers Combat Battalion Corps of Engineers. He returned to Franklin Marshall after the war and graduated with a B.A. Degree in History.
An accomplished athlete, Woody was inducted into the Penn Hills High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He had pitched a no-hitter for Aspinwall in 1942, playing semi-pro baseball and also pitched a no-hitter for New Holland in 1948.
Woody was the President, Owner and Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Alloy Machining Company in Aspinwall.
He fully lived every day of his 97 years, fishing, hunting golf balls, traveling to all 50 states, and always catching the closing bell of the stock market. Heading out on the open road and never taking the same route twice, he will lovingly be remembered for his love of time spent with his family.
Father of Patricia Ann Poshard (Charles) of Bradford Woods, PA and Wendy Johnston (William) of Valencia, with who he made his home, a son, Forrest Versaw, III (Renee) of Butler, grandfather of Chad Poshard, Elizabeth Roos (Shayne), Andrea Lindsay (Shane), Jennifer Zatchey (Michael), Douglas Johnston (Katharine), and Jordann and Rachael Versaw, great grandfather of Meredith Lindsay, Bryce, Luka and Alexandra Zatchey, Emma, Reese, Joshua and William Johnston, Cameron Roos and Charlie and Maddie Poshard, a sister, Sara Sable, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Ruth J. Heggie Versaw, who he married on February 21, 1943 and who died on May 25, 2011 and his siblings, Arnold and Dale Versaw and Jeanne Perkins.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. A family service will be held on Friday. Memorial donations may be made to the Penn Hills School District’s Athletic Office, 309 Collins Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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