Frederick “Fred” Dettinger

Frederick “Fred” Dettinger

March 02, 1934 - February 27, 2024

Frederick “Fred” Dettinger

March 02, 1934 - February 27, 2024


Frederick “Fred” Dettinger (Pap), 89, of Beaver Falls, passed away in his home on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  The proud son of a coal miner, Fred was 3 days shy of his 90th birthday.

Born on March 2, 1934, in North Sewickley Township, he was the son of the late Bill and Martha (Beck) Dettinger.  In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his brother, Chalmers “Shorty” Dettinger, an infant sister, and his wife, Joyce (Ostrom) Dettinger, whom he was married for 66 years.

Fred loved Pittsburgh sports, especially the Steelers.  He had a strong work ethic, having worked in construction, steel mills, and hauling coal for the family business, Dettinger Coal Yard, which he owned and operated until the age of 85.  Fred never really retired.  Staying busy was his passion and something he instilled in others.  He always found something to do; from gardening, remodeling, to helping anyone that needed a hand.  He belonged to the Local Union 833.

Fred is survived by his daughters, Dawn (Jack) Reda, Debbie (Ron) Atkinson; son, Bill (Devonna) Dettinger; grandchildren, Lori Reda, Brant Dettinger, Jamie (Mike) DeMarco, Jon (Cara) Atkinson, and Dane Dettinger; great-grandchildren, Elli DeMarco, Mikey DeMarco, Jace Atkinson, and Cooper Atkinson; brothers-in-law, Bob (Pam) Ostrom and Dave Ostrom; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends will be received on Sunday, March 3rd, from 1PM until the time of services at 3PM in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., Chippewa Township, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls.

In accordance with Fred’s wishes, he will be cremated following services.

Inurnment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation,


  • Date & Time: March 03, 2024 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
  • Venue: Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Location: 117 Blackhawk Rd Beaver Falls, PA 15010 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (724) 846-4500

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2 responses to Frederick “Fred” Dettinger

  1. To the Dettinger Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Fred was a dear friend of mine, along with Joyce from back in the 80s and the days of the Evergreen Cafe.
    A small piece of my heart ♥ is gone now. May you Rest In Peace Old Friend .
    Shana (Scott) Leksell

  2. Fred was the best neighbor, we will miss his sense o humor and his stories. Riley will always be looking for him to say bark hello.

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