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Richard Chelko

April 29, 1947 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Richard Chelko Obituary

Richard Chelko

Age 76, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2023 at his home.  He was born on April 29, 1947 in Natrona Heights and was the son of the late Michael S. and Ann Petrick Chelko.  
 

Richard was a graduate of Har-Brack High School Class of 1965.  He was a Navy Vietnam war veteran and was attached to the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam.  He was awarded the Combat Action ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal with a Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the fleet Marine Force Combat operations insignia. Richard retired in the fall of 2006 after working 30 years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation.  

He was a member of Guardian Angels Parish, Natrona Heights.  Richard was also a member of the American Legion Natrona Post 48, Veterans of Foreign War Tarentum Post 5758, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Tarentum, and the Loyal Order of Moose in New Kensington.  He enjoyed his yard work and cheering on all the Pittsburgh sports teams.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert, Louis and Edward Chelko and his sisters, Elizabeth and Louise A.E. Chelko.  Survivors include his nieces and nephew and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received from 9 a.m.until the time of his blessing service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at  the Paul R. Ajak Funeral Home, Inc., 2 Pine Street and River Avenue, Natrona, PA 15065. Burial with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
December 2, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Ajak Funeral Home
2 Pine Street
Natrona, PA 15065

Blessing Service
Saturday
December 2, 2023

10:00 AM
Ajak Funeral Home
2 Pine Street
Natrona, PA 15065

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