John Edwin Roney, 84, of West Alexander, Pa. died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebonan, Pa. after being in failing health for the past two years.He was born December 9, 1928 in Wheeling, W.Va. a son of the late Charles George and Rosa Margaret Dunlap Roney and had resided in the Monroeville, Pa. area most of his adult life prior to moving to West Alexander in 1992.Mr. Roney was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Monroeville where he had served as a deacon and chairperson for the building and finance committee, and was a member of the Claysville Christian Church at the time of his death.He was 1947 graduate of the former Claysville High School, a 1951 graduate of Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University) and had taken graduate level courses at the University of Pittsburgh.Mr. Roney was a veteran of the Korean War where he served with the U.S. Army.He was a former employee of MSHA and the Calgon Corp. in Coraopolis and was last employed as a instrumentation control engineer with J L Steel Corp. (LTV Steel) in West Mifflin for 25 years prior to retiring in 1989.Mr. Roney was a member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Optical Society where he held several instrumentation patents.He enjoyed golf, bowling, bird watching, local history and geneology.On November 24, 1955 he married Margaret Lenora Algeo who died August 30, 1992.Surviving are two sons, Charles, husband of Paula Roney of Atlanta, Ga. and Robert, husband of Margaret Roney of Charlotte, N. C.; two daughters, Nancy, wife of Martin Pandolph of Bethel Park and Janet Roney of Gaithersburg, Md.; eight grandchildren; several nieces.Deceased in addition to his parents and wife is a brother, David Roney and a sister, Dorothy Curtis. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Claysville Christian Church.