Redo H. Celli, 78, of Burgettstown; passed away unexpectedly on Monday September 4, 2023 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
He was born on May 22, 1945 in Bulger, a son of the late Peter and Cecelia Guiddy Celli.
After graduating from the Union High School, Burgettstown in 1963, he attended Duff’s Business School where he studied court stenography.
He worked for P&LE Railroad and retired from Testa Machine Shop where he was a truck driver. After retiring he worked as a private security officer.
A veteran of the United States Army, he enlisted and served from 1964-1967 as a medic with the 26th Infantry in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, and one Vietnam Overseas Bar.
He and his wife Hughetta spent their winters in Port Richie, FL and summers at Slippery Rock Campgrounds where he enjoyed calling Bingo and playing pickleball. He also enjoyed music, playing the accordion and keyboard, and playing games and cards with Jack and Renee Chesnic.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Hughetta Jenkins Celli who he married on January 25, 1974; his daughter Melissa Williams (Greg) of Slovan; grandchildren Tyler Williams, Brooke Williams (Christopher Slasor) and Zoey Holmes; great grandchildren Christopher and Asher Slasor; brothers Perry Celli (Ellen) of Burgettstown and John Fowler (Charlotte) of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews who looked up to him like a father figure.
Deceased in addition to his parents are his brother Dominic “Pete” Celli and sisters Rosemarie Klimas and Candy Staub.
Family and friends will be received from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services celebrating his life with the Rev. Tina Cartwright officiating at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 16, 2023 in Slater Funeral and Cremation Services of Burgettstown, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021. A luncheon and continuation of fellowship will follow the service at the Slovan VFW.
Inurnment will be held in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville at a later date.