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Donald Mackey

April 22, 1944 November 1, 2019
Donald Mackey
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Obituary for Donald Mackey

Donald Mackey ("Grampy Don") passed away peacefully on November 1, 2019 despite a mighty fight against extended illnesses.

Born on April 22, 1944 in Ellwood City, Don was a graduate of Moniteau High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country on the USS Washburn from 1964-1967 during the Vietnam War.

Returning to the states after his military service, Don worked throughout Butler County in several jobs before accepting a position with Armco. He worked at Armco for over 30 years before retiring.

It is during this time that he also met his wife of 37 years, Nancy. They spent many happy years together visiting local Butler area attractions, going to carnivals, bowling, and going out for meals. He was the proud step-father to Lori (Lesney) George of Seattle and Melissa (Lesney) Ola of Mars.

In his spare time, Don enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and tinkering around with every kind of mechanical tool imaginable. Additionally, he spent many spring and summer days attempting to lure some innocent fish to his well-baited hook while trolling along the shores of Lake Arthur. Most times, the fish would win, but it never deterred him from the chase. He also spent a great deal of time hunting the local woods, mostly for deer and turkey. Don also enjoyed riding his bicycle around downtown Butler for a number of years.

In his later years, "Grampy" Don kicked it into high gear by being a grandfather to four grandchildren who loved him for his silly jokes, crazy stories, and outrageous gags. Nate, Alex, Ian, and Mia will miss him for the many memories he created for them while they were young. This included hunting stories, working with woodworking tools, eating ice cream cones, silly jokes, and any other type of shenanigans that granddads and grandkids could cook up.

In addition to his immediate family, Don leaves behind two sons-in-law, Randy George of Seattle, and Christian Ola of Mars.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Albert (Garth) and Edith Violet Mackey from Northern Butler County, as well as his six siblings.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sunnyview Nursing Home, where Don felt loved, cared for, and most of all comfortable, during a very difficult time.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Connoquenessing Twp., 856 Evans City Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053.


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