OLEXIA, Daniel James, 64, of Weirton passed away Monday, September 17, 2012 at home, surrounded by his adoring family.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Francis (Emery) Olexia and mother-in-law Mildred Kelchak.
Dan is survived by his dear wife and best friend of 40 years, Cheryl Kelchak Olexia; son Daniel Christopher and wife Erin Olexia of Annapolis, MD; daughter Kelli and Timothy McCoy of Wintersville, OH and Drs. Albert Ryan and Molly Olexia of Fort Wright, KY.
Dan lived for his family and adored his five grandchildren, Timothy Quinn and Shea Alexa McCoy, Avery Drea and Huntley Grace Olexia and Lillian Jane Olexia. He is also survived by sister Helanka (James) Ralston of Springfield, OH, Madeline (Patrick) Goss of Asheville, NC and brother-in-law George (Darlene) Kelchak. Though not blood, but just like sons and daughters to him were James and Valerie Gump (daughters Macey and Emily) of Weirton and Katie Cutrone and Jeff Bostead of Colliers.
Dan was a graduate of Mingo High School and was known as "The Mingo Flash" as a young football standout. After attending West Liberty State College, he was a history teacher, followed by 31 years as an employee/owner of the Weirton Steel Corporation. Upon retirement, Dan began working for the West Virginia Lottery Commission, where he had worked for the past 12 years. Over the past 30 years, Dan served a leadership role, most recently as President, of the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club, honoring local athletes and coaches.
Dan was an avid sports fan, spending his weekends with family and friends cheering on the Steelers, the Mountaineers and The Big Red. He was a man who knew no stranger and was always smiling. A special thank you is sent to those who, in addition to his family, were especially helpful in recent months. They are Larry and Debbie Savage, Mark Basil, John Jackson, Rusty and Carolyn Delanta, Bobby Kovalick, Eddie Conley, the staff of the Teramana Cancer Center and Dan's beloved physician, Dr. Pervaiz Rahman.
Dan's family would also like to send a special thank you to the staff of Valley Hospice and dear friend Cathy Cich of Charity Hospice.
The visitation celebration will be Thursday, September 20, 2012 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV followed by a memorial at 5 p.m., lead by Dan's long-time friend Danny Greathouse.
Monetary donations may be sent to WTOV9 Coats for Kids at 9 Red Donley Plaza Steubenville, OH 43952.
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