Edward F. Skvarch, 79, of Latrobe, passed away after a long battle with cancer at Latrobe Hospital Saturday, June 22, 2019. He was born April 4, 1940, in Bobtown and was raised in Bobtown, a son of the late Edward and Mary Gashie Skvarch. He was the first Boy Scout of Bobtown to become an Eagle Scout.
Ed attended West Virginia University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Berlin, Germany. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from the Florence Mining Company of New Florence, where he had worked as manager of safety.
Ed was president of three mine rescue teams and was a past president of the Bituminous Coal Safety Association. He later worked as a federal mine inspector for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Ed had close ties to his Slovenian heritage and enjoyed playing the button box accordion with his daughter, Lori.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Carol Messenger Skvarch; and his daughter, Lori Skvarch; and dog, Sophie. Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park, Point Marion, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, with the Rev. Fr. Francis Frazier officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Louis E. Rudolph Funeral Home, Point Marion. To sign the guest registry, visit www.louisrudolphfuneralhome.com.