Merle Brightshue, Jr.

Merle Brightshue, Jr., 65, of New Castle died Thursday, Nov. 8 at UPMC - Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Brightshue was born August 29, 1947 in New Castle to the late Merle Brightshue, Sr. and Jessie Mitcheltree Brightshue. He married Maria L. Brightshue September 30, 1997.

Merle was a Marine Corps Flight Instructor during the Vietnam War. He spent his time gardening, cooking, and raising chickens and his past-times were reading, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He cherished his former years living in Mexico.

In addition to his Wife Maria at home, he is survived by a daughter; April Brightshue, sons Gary and Jesse Brightshue all of New Castle, one granddaughter; Jade Carlson of Columbus, Ohio, a brother; Gary Brightshue, sisters; Mary Shoaff and Dori and Rick Moyer all of New Castle, as well as several nieces, nephews, and his former wife; Linda Isabella Herb.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Darrell Brightshue.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm, Friday at the Turner-Myers Funeral Home, 208 North Jefferson Street, New Castle and will be conducted by Rev. Fr. Nicholas Vaskov of St. Vitus Roman Catholic Church


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