Wayne Paul Dobos, 72, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, the evening of March 1st, 2022 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh surrounded by his family. Wayne, or “Dob” as he liked to be called, was born April 10, 1949 and graduated from Leechburg Area High School Class of 1967. He then went to trade school and became a certified welder. He was a proud US Army Veteran serving in Vietnam from 1970-1971 as a welder and as NCOIC for the storied Red Baron gun truck in the 444th Transportation Co. His experiences commanding the Red Baron would later be chronicled in local news papers and by an English historical group who built an accurate working replica of the original vehicle. The group even welcomed Wayne and his wife Lorraine to England as their guests of honor for the truck’s dedication.
Upon returning home, Wayne went back to work for US Steel in Vandergrift and then for Allegheny Ludlum at their West Leechburg plant as a mobile equipment repairman until his retirement in 2012. Wayne also loved to build hot rods and was an avid mechanic. He built and customized a 1960 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery as well as a 1940 Fiat Topolino Coupe. Wayne was also very active in his local community, and was inducted into the Leechburg Area Community Assoc. Hall of Fame in 2018 and even served as Leechburg’s Mayor from 2017 until his passing. Additionally, Wayne was on the board of directors of the Leechburg Area Community Development Corp., a member of the V.F.W., Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Hungarian Club, and Marconi Club.
Wayne loved his family and friends and was especially proud to be able to serve as mayor. He truly loved Leechburg and thoroughly enjoyed spending his time “polishing the jewel.”
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Gretna and Joseph Dobos, and his paternal and maternal grandparents, and his mother- and father-in-law, Lester and Rosalie Tira. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine (née Tira), his son, Dorian (Brittany) Adamik, daughter, Kelsey (John) Mitch, his granddaughter, Emery, and soon-to-be grand-baby. Also surviving are his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Richard (Elaine) Tira and Carolyn (Clifford) Thompson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be welcomed by his family on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2022 from 1-6 p.m. at Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051. Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 7, at the funeral home, with Rev. Gary J. Lyon officiating, followed by military rites conducted by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Wayne may be made to the Veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice; or to the American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave. Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.