DANVILLE, PA ~ Darwin L. Ditty, 86, of Danville, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday. February 7, 2022, at his residence. He was born July 28, 1935, in Philipsburg PA the son of the late Harold and Twila Teats Ditty.
He graduated from Philipsburg High School in 1953.
Darwin is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Mary A. Dexter Ditty. They were married November 21, 1954.
He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville PA for several years. He served as a Trustee and was always available to help with any maintenance needs at the church. He was actively involved in the church’s childcare program for over twenty years. He was also a member of the Danville-Mahoning Lodge #224 in Danville PA.
Darwin was employed as a foreman or “driller” on a rotary gas rig in the Natural Gas Field in several locations including Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York, He was the first native Pennsylvanian to hold that job with an oil company.
In 1967 he moved his family to Danville after deciding the gas field, required too much time away from home with a family. He had acquired a job as a maintenance foreman for a fleet of trucks. He worked for 3 different trucking companies in this region before retiring in 1993.
Darwin was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed vegetable gardening. One of his greatest joys in life was traveling all over the world including Antarctica with his wife and many friends.
He will be remembered as a very social person who loved people. He had a relentless work ethic and drive for life and was deeply devoted to his family. He had a kind heart and the neighbors and people in his life knew they could always count on him.
He is survived by four sisters: Violet, Marge, Hazel and Barbara and one brother, Larry as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons: Gordon Ditty in 1964 and Michael Ditty in 2020. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Carl and one sister, Norma.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Darwin’s Life to be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church 84 Lombard Avenue Danville PA with his pastor, the Reverend David Layser officiating. Friends will be received from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM at which time Masonic services will be held. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Trinity Learning Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, 84 Lombard Avenue, Danville 17821.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.