Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wilber Shotton, The Last Surviving Charter Member Of Bull Creek, Dies At Age 89

Wilbur James Shotton, 89, formerly of Fawn Township, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012,in Silver Hills Assisted Living, Montgomery, Texas, where he was a resident the past two years.

He was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of the late Wilbur W. and Anna (Lauff)Shotton. Mr. Shotton had lived in Texas the past six years and prior to that in the local area most of his life. 

Mr. Shotton was employed in the bending department of PPG Industries of Creighton for 25 years. He was also employed by the Port Authority Transit (PAT) for 14 years in building maintenance. 

A World War II veteran, he served in the Navy, where he was a ship's cook third class. He served with the Fighter Squadron Two Easy Carrier Aircraft Service Unit. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of Tarentum Moose and the Legion of the Moose No. 1, a life member of Arnold DAV, the Tarentum VFW and the AMVETS of North Braddock. 

An avid outdoorsman, he helped to organize the Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, of which he was the last continuous charter member. He was also a life member of Frazer Township Sportsmen's Clubs, a member of NRA, Gun Owners of America and the Amateur Trap Shooters Association.

Mr. Shotton was also a member of the Western Pa. Conservancy and a member of the Friends
of Beechwood Farms. He served with Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1941, and was a
member of the National Association of CCC Alumni and member of Escort Carrier Sailors and
Airmen Association. 

Mr. Shotton is survived by his son, James David (Michele) Shotton, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth (Joseph) Bernardo, of Parkville, Md. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie L. (Lucas) Shotton, who passed away in August 2010; and a daughter, Shirley L. Manchini, in August 2009; brothers, Joseph, John R. and Robert C. Shotton; half brothers, William and Frank
Maudhuit; sister, Martha Rayburn; and half sisters, Margaret Bishney and Anna Reitz. 

Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Tenth Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum,724-224-1526. Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the funeral home with the Rev. Justin R. Judy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with full military honors by Tarentum VFW Post 5758 and Brackenridge American Legion Post 226. Visit

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