Charles L. Crouse

Charles L. “Chuck” Crouse, of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniontown Hospital, with his loving family surrounding him.

He was born Aug. 20, 1940, in Chambersburg, son of George L. Crouse and Inez Brown Crouse.

He was a funeral director and the owner of Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home.

He graduated high school and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Tanner as a radio man (A) specializing in electronics and Morse code. He went ahead of troops in Vietnam to set up communication posts.

The Navy gave him the opportunity to see many parts of the world including the Taj Mahal, Cairo, Italy, Iraq, Yemen, the Suez Canal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, Gulf of Tonkin, and many more. He experienced different cultures, met many interesting people, including the Shah of Iran.

Upon leaving the Navy after four years as an RM2 (E- 5), the CIA tried to recruit him, but he decided to attend Shippensburg University, graduating with his degree in accounting.

He was the financial director of Fulton County Medical Center until leaving to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

After serving his apprenticeship and obtaining his license, he did trade work for other funeral homes throughout the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas specializing in reconstructive work.

While working for a funeral home in West Elizabeth, he met Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the Pittsburgh Airport and escorted her and her family to a relative’s visitation.

He bought Burhans Funeral Home in Dunbar on Nov. 1, 1984, from the Burhans family. Since then, he and his wife, Cathy, have worked side by side serving the local communities, now their family will carry on Chuck’s legacy by continuing his funeral business and serving the people he loved so much.

Chuck was on the board of the Dunbar Library, was a previous chairman and vice-chairman of the Dunbar Borough / Township Authority, still serving as a member, was a committee member of Dunbar Community Fest, member of Dunbar Lions while they were active, belonged to Irishtown Sportsmen’s Club, Amvets Post 103 in Hopwood, and life member of American Legion Post 561, McConnellsburg.

He belonged to the NFDA, PFDA, SWPFDA.

He enjoyed traveling to the funeral director's convention to keep updated on new trends in the funeral business.

He served as a deputy coroner of Fayette County for many years.

He wanted the local kids to have something to be involved with so he always sponsored a team for the Little League and was a longtime supporter and sponsor of Dunbar Boy Scout Troop #180. He was so proud of the Scouts that made Eagle.

He enjoyed Dunbar VFD’s fish fry during Lent. He appreciated the fire department’s hard work.

He tried to help everyone that he could.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cathy Chesney Crouse; daughters, Crystal Crouse (John Markos, who he loved like a son), Christina (Ryan) Moore, Courtney (Anthony) Juliani; brother, Robert (Maureen) Crouse; sister-inlaw, Bonnie Chesney; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and brother, Richard Crouse. He will be missed by his friends at Mt. Pines Campground, where he thoroughly enjoyed spending time over the past 40 years.

Friends will be received noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at BURHANS CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, with Pastor Lee Maley, Pastor Robert Wrachford, and Pastor Roger Yeager of- ciating. Military honors will be accorded by Amvets Post 103, Hopwood. Interment will be private.

We want to thank both the local community and those in the funeral business for their loving and kind support during the loss of our beloved husband and father. We are overwhelmed. A special thanks to Pastor Maley and Chris Hair, our angel. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to DVFD, Morrell VFD, Dunbar Library, Boy Scout Troop #180, Fayette Friends of Animals. Condolences may be left for the family at 

Franklin P. Ryan, Ph.D.

Franklin P. Ryan, Ph.D., died June 24, 2021, at the age of 84, after a struggle with cancer, in Carolyn’s House of Hospice of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ryan was a graduate of American University (Undergraduate), Bloomsburg University (Master’s Degree) and The Pennsylvania State University (Doctorate).  He spent his professional career in a variety of settings including teaching at the University of Vermont Medical School, Chief Psychologist at the Department of Corrections, and years of private practice.  He retired in 2015. 

Frank was preceded in death by his son, Timothy H. Ryan and is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Camp Hill; his former wife Catherine Pagano of Daytona Beach, Florida; his daughter Mackenzie (Steve) of Camp Hill; two sons Jason Kriner (Tammy) of Muncy, Matthew Kriner (Kristin) of Carlisle; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jack, Declan, Brooklyn, Eva and Osbourne.

Frank enjoyed his retirement traveling, doing crossword puzzles and eating out with loved friends Todd and Carla Klinger and Richard Holodick.  His favorite times were spent with his grandchildren.

A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 357 South Harrisburg Street, Oberlin.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or online at 

Richard H. Platt

July 27, 1946 ~ June 24, 2021 (age 74)

Of Wilkins Twp., age 74, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Husband of the late Carole J. (Rose) Platt. Father of Dr. Julie R. Alexander (Phill) of Richmond, IN, and Amy R. Gesso (Darryl) of Canonsburg, PA. Grandfather of Samuel and Rose Gesso. Brother of Harold E. Platt, Jr. (Connie), Jeffrey M. Platt (Sandra), and Susan G. Bee (Jim).

Dick was a retired PA licensed funeral director and former Inspector for the PA State Board of Funeral Directors. He was a member of Stein Collectors International and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Stein Society. He was a life member, formerly on the Board of Directors, and Trustee of Teutonia Männerchor. Dick proudly served in the 107 FA, PA Army National Guard from 1969-1975.

Friends received at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221, on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maurice Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish on Tuesday at 11am. Interment in William Penn Cemetery.