Samuel F. Dejeet Sr.
Conrail conductor was WWII U.S. Army veteran
Samuel F. “Silent Sam” Dejeet Sr., 94, of New Eagle, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in his daughter’s home.
He was born July 5, 1918, in New Eagle, a son of Joshua Dejeet, who died February 23, 1938, and Sophia Hatala Kraus Dejeet, who died May 17, 1951.
Mr. Dejeet retired in 1977 as a conductor with Conrail after 35 years of employment. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In 1984, known as “Fire Ball Deje,” he played and was the pitcher on Eddie and Ody’s Crutch-n-Cane Gang softball team. For many years, he was the curator at the River Buffs Museum in Monongahela. Mr. Dejeet was a member of the American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 and the Sutman Yohe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1409, both in Monongahela. In the 1980s, he served on the council for the borough of New Eagle for 12 years. During the celebration of New Eagle’s 100th anniversary in 2012, he was honored as the oldest living male resident in the borough. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, hunting, canoeing and playing horseshoes and the harmonica.
Surviving are a daughter, Cathy Pro and husband Paul of New Eagle; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Dejeet of New Eagle; six grandchildren, Jason Capps, Nicole Dejeet Bartlett, Bret and Bobby Jr. Dejeet and Natalie and Mike Pro; six great-grandchildren, Lily and Lauren Capps, Alexa and Addison Pro and Sam and Carmen Bartlett; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dejeet of Monessen.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 64 years, Anna R. Kassa Dejeet, who died July 10, 2009; two sons, Samuel Dejeet Jr., who died November 15, 2002, and Robert A. Dejeet Sr., who died June 28, 2008; three brothers, James Dejeet, who died October 26, 1972, Karl Kraus, who died July 27, 1979, and Elmer “Tut” Dejeet, who died November 20, 1993; and a sister, Josephine Dejeet Biros, who died February 20, 2008.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, with the Rev. George Chortos officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the chapel by Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o SPHS, 300 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi, PA 15022. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.