Wilfred L. Messenger 1955-2020

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. — Wilfred “Russ” Levi Messenger III, 65, of Blairsville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.

The son of Wilfred L. Messenger II and Joan Malm Levelle, he was born Aug. 12, 1955 in Erie.

Russ graduated from the Computer Learning Center with honors, which led to his teaching profession. He was an instructor at the Indiana County Technology Center for 18 years, retiring June 30, 2019.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, traveling and working on computers.

Surviving are his wife, Jean A. (Galloway) Messenger, whom he married July 24, 1993; mother, Joan Levelle of Warren; four children, Thomas Messenger and Justin Messenger, both of Ohio; Regina Endress (fiance, John Higgins) of Josephine and Eric Ehman of Blairsville; seven grandchildren; a brother, Timothy Messenger (Maria) of Bradford, Vt.; and two sisters, Debra Guyer and Mary Beth Clark (Jack), both of Warren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating.

Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery.

To view the online obituary, sign the registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfamilyservices.com.

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