Dolan Floyd Braughler

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Army vet, enjoyed playing golf


Dolan Floyd Braughler, 93, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born August 30, 1920, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Floyd and Arminta Sutter Braughler.


A graduate of Marion Center High School, he had later taken many classes in salesmanship.


Mr. Braughler was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, and was on the mission committee and the dartball team.


He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from November 24, 1942, until his honorable discharge on January 22, 1946. He participated in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe Campaigns, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Theater Service Medal, the Europe, Africa, Middle-Eastern Medal with three bronze stars and World War II Victory Medal.


Mr. Braughler worked for 30 years as the manager of the A&P Grocery Store and 10 years at the Dog ’n Suds restaurant, Titusville. He was owner and operator of Braughler Dairy Queen for 28 years.


He enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Elks Lodge 776.


On February 11, 1950, he married Shirley VanDervort, who died October 11, 1986.


Surviving are two sons, Gary Braughler of Franklin and Dale Braughler of Washington; a brother, Duane Braughler of Shelocta; a sister, Lorraine Sterner of Duncannon; five grandchildren, Joshua, Luke, Colby, Jessica and Christian; and three great-grandchildren, Aden, Alaina and Lydia.


Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are a brother, Laird Braughler and two sisters, Bernadine Sensibaugh and Maralene Emerick.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, October 19, in Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Military rites will be accorded graveside by the Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.


Memorial contributions may be made to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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