Sela Russell "Woodchopper" Baldwin, 88, of Georgetown, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at the Valley Hospice Palliative Care Unit in Steubenville, OH. Born August 7, 1919 in Wind Ridge, PA, he was the son of the late Claire and Mabel Day Baldwin. Russell was also preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. With 39 years of service, he retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a mechanical foreman in the Blooming Mill. He was a member of the Victory Life Church, WSX 25-Year Club, VFW 2716 and Weirton Moose Lodge 688. Woodchopper loved to hunt and fish with his dear, dear nephew Donald Whitlatch. He served in the US Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife Florence Gill Baldwin of Georgetown, PA; son Charles Baldwin and his wife Penny of Weirton, Edward Baldwin of Weirton and step-son Rick Ford and his wife Deborah of Monessen, PA; daughters Erma Jean Yearin and her husband Tom of Waldering, OH and Katheryn Bollinger of Columbus, OH; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton where funeral services will be celebrated 12 noon Friday. Pastor Jason Romine will officiate. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens where Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Uncle Sely, as I knew you, were a fine hardworking man and a life long friend of my Dear Mom and Dad. I will miss the visits we had the last few years when you came to Don’s to fish and hunt. Dad just passed away Feb 13, 2008 and we knew you wanted to be there but weren’t well enough to attend. You two guys are together again. Bless all of you for I know what you are going through for I just lost my father also. May God be with you and help you through your time of need. We love you and our prayers are with you. Your nephew and cousin, Charles E. Whitlatch and his wife, Patricia and their families.

  2. Hi Aunt Florence and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Russ. He will be missed. I will always remember all the great stories he told me when I was there. I will be praying for all of you in your time of need. I will not be able to attend because of the weather. Love to all, Linda M. Fisher (Niece)

  3. Rick & family: I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Uncle Sela, I wish you could have been with us for another 50 years. You were always a big part of our family.I will always cherish the time we spent together in the woods and water. We had to have understanding wives to put up with us showing up late for dinner.You will be greatly missed by all my family. They all loved you and missed not spending time with you during your illness. We love you and hope you and your family will find peace. I just lost my father last month and to lose you and him in so short of time is overwelming. May God Bless You and your family and find comfort with each other. You always made our time spent together fun. You will never be forgotten, and anytime I’m in the outdoors, I will be thinking of you. Love your nephew Don, Deb and family.

  5. Florence and family, Sela was a wonderful person and we all loved him . He was part of our childhood, we could always count on him showing up during the fishing and hunting season, and sharing his stories. Always good for a chuckle or two. He was good to us and we enjoyed having him around. When my own boys came along they too became quick friends with him. He made them laugh and gave them wise words. My husband Tim and I and the boys adored him. I am sorry for your loss, I hope that you and your family find some peace in comfort in knowing that he was a important member of our family. We love you too Florence,he always had nice things to say about you. I think behind every great man is an even greater woman. We Love you, keep in touch Love Tonya, Tim Travis and Corey

  6. Florence And Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your love one.Thinking of you at this time Myrna Hutson(Debbie Sister)

  7. 3-31-08 Dear Florence, Rick & Debbie We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and your dad. We didn’t find out about his passing until today. We want you to know that we are praying for all the family. We could always count on him to show up for all the functions out at the church. He was a good man and we know that he will be sadly missed. God Bless You Love Steve & Reata Crabtree and Family

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