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Daniel W. Sivits, 74, of Hyndman, went home to be with the Lord, family and friends on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
Mr. Sivits was born Oct. 16, 1942, in New Paris. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Ruth and Bill Hughes of Everett, and his father, Joseph Sivits of New Paris; a brother, Sgt. Charles Sivits of Hyndman; and a very special pet and friend, Sherry.
Dan was a loving husband to Freda "Sissy" (Morris) Sivits for 31 years. He also leaves behind a son, Jeremy Sivits and wife, Holly, of Martinsburg, Pa.; sister, Pansy Miller and husband, Delmas, of Schellsburg; brother, Luke Hughes and wife, Debbie, of Everett; two amazing grandchildren, James Sivits, 11, and Madalynn Sivits, 6, of Martinsburg; also many other family members and friends.
Dan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960. After his enlistment was complete, he then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was assigned to a unit in Germany. He then went to Vietnam for two different tours. One with the 4th Infantry Division where he was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" Device. The second tour was with the 25th Infantry Division where he was again awarded the Bronze star with the Oak Cluster. He also received the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat. On return from Vietnam, Mr. Sivits discharged and re-enlisted into the U.S. Navy where he earned the privilege and right to be part of UDT Seal Team II. He retired in 1983. He worked at Creative Pultrusions in Alum Bank. He was also a drywall finisher.
He was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans 172, was a member of the Fleet Reserves, American Legion Post 113, and the VFW Oscar Jordan Post 7375. Dan was also an avid hunter, fisherman and motorcyclist.
Friends will be received at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home Inc., 169 Clarence St., Hyndman, on Thursday Sept. 21, 2017, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Halliday officiating. Military honors will be accorded by Fort Bedford Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to help defer funeral and medical expenses. Please mail donations to Freda Sivits, P.O. Box 427, Hyndman, PA 15545.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.zeiglerfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 17, 2017
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