Walter Dulaney Dies At 103; Was Oldest Resident
Walter V. Dulaney, 103, Greene County's oldest resident, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Gutberlet, of 1162 Sixth Street, Waynesburg, where he had resided for several years.
Until he became ill three weeks ago he had enjoyed the good health which permitted him to enjoy regular walks and even - on his 103rd birthday last July 30 - attempt a brief horseback ride.
His zest for life was matched only by his fondness for quoting the Bible and by his belief in the value of knowledge.
"A man's born to learn. I learn something new most every day," he told a reporter on his 102nd birthday.
He firmly believed that adherence to Biblical laws was fundamental to a good life.
"It's a wonderful thing to know Christ," he frequently pointed out.
Mr. Dulaney, who could read without glasses, attributed his long life to hard work, abstinence form liquor and tobacco, and regular eating habits. He was interested in those around him and was a frequent visitor at the nearby Greene County Memorial hospital, where he had many friends among the employees.
He was a son of Thomas and Lucretia Fox Dulaney and was born July 30, 1860 on Shannon Run, in Perry Township. Until his retirement, he was a farmer, stock raiser and stock dealer.
His father and mother both died in 1879, leaving seven children, of whom he was one of the oldest.
"We older children had to turn out and support the younger ones," he frequently pointed out. All his brothers and sisters are now dead.
His wife, who died in 1947, was Ida L. Headley of Perry Township.
He was a lifelong member of the Shannon Run Methodist Church, but became affiliated with the Waynesburg Church of the Nazarene when he moved to Waynesburg in 1955.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Dulaney and Mrs. Martha Gutberlet, of Waynesburg; four sons, F. Ray of Edensboro, [line missing] David H., of Hemet, Calif., and Forney L., of Spraggs; eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
One son is deceased.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Mariner and Milliken Funeral Home at Waynesburg with Rev. W. H. Miller, Rev. John Duvall and Rev. Elmer McCormick officiating. Burial will follow in the Claughton Cemetery.
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)
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