Tay Waltenbaugh Obituary Greensburg PA, Former CEO Of Westmoreland Community Action Died At Age 69

On Sunday, December 17, 2023, Tay R. Waltenbaugh, aged 69, of New Stanton, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 9, 1954, in Fort Benning, Georgia, Tay’s life journey was marked by a profound commitment to community service, leadership, and a love for the outdoors.

Tay’s educational foundation was laid at Juniata College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology. This academic background would later intertwine seamlessly with his innate passion for helping others.

For nearly three decades, Tay served as the Chief Executive Officer at Westmoreland Community Action (WCA). Under his dedicated leadership, WCA experienced unprecedented growth in funding, services, programming, and staff. Tay’s visionary approach also led to the establishment of Westmoreland Human Services, Inc., further expanding the organization’s impact on the community.

A tireless advocate for lifting people out of poverty, Tay’s commitment went beyond professional duties. His genuine concern for individuals resonated with everyone he encountered. Tay believed in treating each person with respect and dignity, embodying a mission to address their needs and contribute to their well-being.

Tay’s contributions did not go unnoticed. He received accolades from various organizations, including the Mary Riegler-Chislaughi Friend of the Poor Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Greensburg/Jeannette NAACP. The Seton Hill University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and the Top 100 People in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond award from Pennsylvania Business Central also celebrated his impactful work.

Not confined to the professional sphere, Tay devoted time to volunteer for numerous organizations. His dedication extended to his family and friends, where he became a reliable pillar of support. Tay imparted the values of hard work and dedication to his children, leaving an enduring legacy.

While Tay was a formidable force in the boardroom, his heart belonged to the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and working on his property with farm equipment were among his true passions. Tay’s love for nature added a unique dimension to his character, showcasing a man who found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life.

Tay leaves behind a legacy that transcends accomplishments; it’s a legacy of laughter, characterized by his witty and sarcastic comments that could transform any gathering into an eagerly anticipated event. His impact on the community, combined with his personal charisma, created an enduring mark that will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Brenda L. Waltenbaugh, and three children—TR Waltenbaugh (Michelle), Lane Waltenbaugh (Elizabeth Morris), and Kara Gardner (Josh)—Tay’s family was at the center of his world. Two grandchildren, Jace and Kendall Gardner, further enriched his life.

In the spirit of remembering Tay, friends are invited to pay their respects from 1 to 8 PM on Wednesday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, INC., located at 516 Stanton Street, Greensburg. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. John M. Smaligo, will commence at 10 AM on Thursday at the funeral home. Additionally, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to DASD Foundation at 982 N. Chestnut St. Ext., Derry, PA 15627. Donations should include “Tay Waltenbaugh” on the memo line. Further details can be found at www.bachafh.com.

As the community mourns the loss of Tay R. Waltenbaugh, his memory will undoubtedly live on through the countless lives he touched and the positive transformations he spearheaded during his remarkable journey.