Gerald M. "Jerry" Volchko, 74, \nof Butler, the ultimate Steeler fan, lost the game \nof his life on March 2, 2019. But from the first \nplay until the clock expired, what a game it was.\n\nThe quarterback found his perfect teammate 51 years \nago in his wife, Judith F. (Jonczak) Volchko, and \ntogether they staged a fourth-quarter rally for the \nages. Helping to run the no-huddle and draw up a \nHail Mary or two, were Daughters Kimberly J. Kraynak-Lambert \n(Scott) and Gerri M. Volchko Paulisick (Joseph); \nson, Andrew S. Volchko (Teresa); and "son" Jeffrey \nA. Deller (Joni).\n\nIn the second quarter, Jerry engineered one \ntouchdown drive after the other. He worked at the \nShenango Coke Plant, serving as a grievance \nrepresentative for Local 2687 of the United \nSteelworkers, served in the Army in Greenland, and \nwas an active member of the Dubois American Legion \nand Punxsutawney FOE. His most impressive red zone \nwork came via his founding, along with his Wife, of \na support group for Desert Storm soldiers (HOTODS) \nas well as his many rewarding years spent coaching \nC.Y.A.A. Lions football and Outlaws Girls softball \nin Coraopolis, PA.\n\nThe early game began in Crucible, Pa., with his \nparents, Elizabeth (Sabo) Volchko and Joseph Volchko, \nand his sisters, Cheryl Harding and Mary Kay Volchko, \nall of whom were forced out of the game far too \nearly. Still cheering on the sidelines is his \nsister, Victoria Barker (Earl), his big brother and \nhero Joseph Volchko (Diana) as well as his many \nnieces and nephews and most devoted fans, Bill, \nTammy, Lisa, Tater, Scott and their families.\n\nLike all great games, the fourth-quarter heroics \ncouldn't have happened without the early \ncontributions provided by Jerry's dazzling special \nteams, via grandchildren Nick, Cullen, Chloe, Karsyn, \nShelby, Hayden, Harrison, Garrett, Katie and Andrew \nJames.\n\nHis longstanding performance with all those who love \nhim have no doubt landed him a spot in the Hall of \nFame. His next game is scheduled at a stadium where \nthere are no fumbles, where every day feels like \nSuper Bowl Sunday, and where he will finally earn \nhis very much-deserved Immaculate Reception.\n\nHis team welcomes you to pay your respects at \nThompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 East North St., \nButler, PA 16001 on Thursday, March 7th from 1-4 and \n6-9.\n\nA funeral service will be held at First United \nMethodist Church, 200 North St., Butler, PA 16001, \nat 11:00 a.m. Friday March 8th. The family requests \nthat in honor of Jerry, for funeral services on \nFriday, everyone wear their favorite Steeler \napparel. The family invites everyone to a final \ntailgate luncheon immediately following.\n\nMilitary Honors will be provided by the Officers and \nMembers of the American Legion Post #117, Butler, \nAmerican Legion Post #778, Lyndora, and the VFW Post \n#249 of Butler at a graveside service at Greenlawn \nCemetery. \n\nIn lieu of flowers the family requests donations be \nmade to IATW - Outdoors Program, 12590 Perry \nHighway, Suite 700, Wexford, PA 15090.