Melvin Wesley Durnell


Melvin Wesley Durnell, 84, of Warren, Pa.,passed away in his home surrounded by family early Saturday morning Nov.6, 2021, after a lengthy illness.

He was born on Aug.18, 1937, in Owls Nest, Pa. o the late Melvin Scott Durnell Sr. and Mary Helen (Clark) Durnell.

He was a member of the Warren Alliance Church for the past 38 years. He was employed for most of his working life by National Fuel Gas at the Roystone Station, from which he retired, after 37 years of service. He often shared how much he enjoyed retirement but missed those he worked with.

Although Melvin was an active man throughout his life, he especially loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family, most of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of the things about hunting, he looked forward to was hunting was going to Cherry Grove to the Eames family camp every deer season with his kids and other family members to “hunt”, stoke up the potbelly camp stove, and play Cribbage. Having served in the U.S. Army National Guard as an electrician, he was also a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his children: Martin (Pamela) Durnell, Warren, Michelle Durnell, Russell and Mitchell (Donnette) Durnell; Jamestown, N.Y.; six grandchildren: Anthony J. (Kristen) Durnell, Joyce L. (Mike) Myers, Rebekah (Paul) Chapman, Johnathan M. Durnell, Christopher R. (Cherish) Durnell, Matthew M. Bennink, Alexander G. Bennink and Taylor E. Bennink; a brother, Ira “Herk” (Elizabeth) Durnell, of Kane; eight great-grandchildren: Jonah, Cadence, Evette, Mora, Jenevieve, Gavin, Jaxon and Nathaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 2014, by his beloved wife, Marilyn Eames Durnell, whom he married on Nov. 22, 1958; a son, Mark Robert Durnell, in 2007; two sisters; Judy Hannold and Janet Allen; and a nephew, Eric Hannold.

Friends will be received at the Peterson Blick Funeral Home, Inc. 1003 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m., and for one hour prior to a funeral service at Warren Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 278 Kinzua Road, Warren, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Doug McCracken, former pastor and Rev. Anthony Durnell, co-officiating.

Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, Pa.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Warren Co, 1 Main Ave., Warren, PA 16365.

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