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“My High School classmate and hanging buddy from 9th grade homeroom until Senior Year. PEABODY P, I remember our first day in the Public Safety...Read More »
1 of 80 | Posted by: Syrano WINTERS - POMPANO BEACH, FL


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“Ellen, my most heartfelt condolences go to you and your children in this most difficult time.-John Camper ”
4 of 80 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ellen, Olivia and Gavin,How heartbreaking it was today to learn of Oliver's passing. Although I don't see you Ive known you for many years. I...Read More »
5 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Zerblis - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen, You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. May God carry you though this loss and help you and your...Read More »
6 of 80 | Posted by: Renee Roach - Indianapolis, IN

“To the Durden Family. Truly shocked and sadden of your loss. Det. Sudden was a huge giant who did his work exemplary. I have nothing but monumental...Read More »
7 of 80 | Posted by: Timothy Milton Vales - Pittsburgh, PA

“I wish the family comfort. Im praying for you. From friend and neighbor. ”
8 of 80 | Posted by: Cephas Coleman - Pittsburgh, PA

“My heartfelt condolences to Detective Durden's family. You all are in my prayers. ”
9 of 80 | Posted by: Sonya Toler - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Ellen and Family...I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cheryl Sebula ”
10 of 80 | Posted by: Cheryl Sebula - Pittsburgh, PA

“To the Durden Family: I was saddened to read of Oliver's passing. I knew him as a smart, cheerful and compassionate second grade student. I was...Read More »
11 of 80 | Posted by: Shirley Golden - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Ellen,My sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Gavin and Olivia. ”
12 of 80 | Posted by: Stephanie Buka - Wexford, PA

“God Bless you all at this time. In my Prayers ”
13 of 80 | Posted by: Connie Anderson - Pittsburgh, PA

“My Words of Comfort can hardly come out. I'm am so very sorry, about this. I know went though this with my only 2- children. But Please know THIS,...Read More »
14 of 80 | Posted by: Connie Anderson Collier - PA

“Taken from us too soon. God has other plans for you where as he needed you now rather than later. You will be greatly missed. But we know that you...Read More »
15 of 80 | Posted by: Sheila Moore - Charlotte, NC

“Ellen,Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May God bless and keep you in His care now and forever. You are in my prayers. ”
16 of 80 | Posted by: Joyce Green Hankins

“To my sister Marla and momma Helen my heart goes out to you during this time. I pray for strength and comfort over you. To his wife and children may...Read More »
17 of 80 | Posted by: Towanna Alston - High Point, NC

“Ellen- I can't imagine what you are going through. I'm thinking of you, Olivia, and Gavin during this extraordinarily difficult time. Your PNC family...Read More »
18 of 80 | Posted by: Keri Collins - Columbus, OH

“Dear Ellen, Children and Durden Family,We have never met and I never had the honor of knowing your "Oliver." I thank your husband for the time he...Read More »
19 of 80 | Posted by: A friend

“Met Oliver when I trained him at the Police Academy in Pittsburgh, in the streets, then through out many fire dept. training sessions. I was so...Read More »
20 of 80 | Posted by: Margo R -Ret. Pittsburgh Rescue 1, PATF-1. Monroeville FD, Allegheny Cty Hazmat. - PA

“I didn't know Oliver personally but I knew his wife Ellen and she lite up every time she spoke about her husband and what a wonderful husband, father...Read More »
21 of 80 | Posted by: Brandi Bailie - Moon, PA

“May he rest in peace. May God bless your family. ”
22 of 80 | Posted by: Vince Carr Ret. Principal, Peabody - PA

“Ellen and family, Praying for strength for you in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
23 of 80 | Posted by: Jennifer Shepherd - PGH, PA

“Ellen, I was so sad to hear about the loss of your husband. You, Olivia, and Gavin have been in my heart, thoughts and prayers ever since. I hope the...Read More »
24 of 80 | Posted by: Jacqueline krakowski - PA

“Ellen-I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Oliver. Know that everyone near and far is here to support you and your family during this time. ...Read More »
25 of 80 | Posted by: Kelsey Rzepczynski - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry for your loss, Ellen! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.Sue Zarzeczny ”
26 of 80 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ellen, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, Olivia and Gavin during this very difficult time. May the memories you all have...Read More »
27 of 80 | Posted by: Adele Zottola - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Ellen,I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
28 of 80 | Posted by: Lisa Kalberer - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen,I do not know you and did not know your husband. However, I also grew up in East Liberty, played at the Kingsley House as a kid, and went to...Read More »
29 of 80 | Posted by: A friend

“Ellen & Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for you. Stay strong and we stand with you in this time...Read More »
30 of 80 | Posted by: Lanxi Tang - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen and the Durden family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that you're in the thoughts of many. - Jessica ”
31 of 80 | Posted by: Jessica Hummel - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. My condolences to you and your entire family as you all endure this extremely...Read More »
32 of 80 | Posted by: Danielle Pipkins - Pittsburgh, PA


33 of 80 | Posted by: Francine Cook-Paolucci

“Ellen,Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Remember, Oliver is now resting in peace!God Bless,Brandon ”
34 of 80 | Posted by: Brandon White Sr - Pittsburgh, PA

“RIP fellow Highlander! ”
35 of 80 | Posted by: Tom Kaiser - Winston Salem, NC

“Ellen: I am holding you and your family tightly in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry your loss. ”
36 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Pochis

“"A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. My deepest condolences and prayers to my...Read More »
37 of 80 | Posted by: Aimee Robinson - Greensboro, NC

“Sorry for your recent loss death is never easy especially when young, but God's word can give us comfort during this time. John 6:40 ”
38 of 80 | Posted by: C T

“Ellen, Olivia and Gavin, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. You all have been and always will be surrounded by the love and care of so many. I...Read More »
39 of 80 | Posted by: Shelly Hammond - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen, I am deeply sorry to learn of Oliver's passing. You, the children, and your family are in my thoughts. I pray you are finding the peace and...Read More »
40 of 80 | Posted by: Martha Lightle - Kalamazoo, MI

“Ellen, My sincerest condolences to you, your children and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
41 of 80 | Posted by: Jackie Sexauer

“Ellen & Family - My deepest condolences to you and the entire Durden Family in this time of sorrow. It is hard to understand why our loved ones are...Read More »
42 of 80 | Posted by: Susan King - Emlenton, PA

“My dearest friend Ellen, Gavin and Olivia. My heart is saddened from the news of the loss of the love of your life, Ollie. Please know that you and...Read More »
43 of 80 | Posted by: Wease Schaner - Kalamazoo, MI

“Ellen-My sincere condolences to you and your family. I pray that God provides you comfort and the strength you need in the days to come. ”
44 of 80 | Posted by: Ericka Morgan - Twinsburg, OH

“Ellen: Mike and I are so heart broken for you and the kids. I hope you, Olivia and Gavin can lean on each other and your family and friends to keep...Read More »
45 of 80 | Posted by: Laura Asher - Friend

“Ellen, I'm so sorry for your family's loss, I can't imagine what you must be going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
46 of 80 | Posted by: Amy Miller - Portage, MI

“Ellen, Olivia & Gavin and the entire Durden family - please know you are all being held in our thoughts and prayers. ”
47 of 80 | Posted by: Kalamazoo Customer Care Center Employees - MI

“To Helen and Family,Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.Kathy & Angel Kendall ”
48 of 80 | Posted by: Kathy Kendall - Pittsburgh, PA

“Helen & Family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Prayers are with you and yours. May your memories carry you through this difficult time and...Read More »
49 of 80 | Posted by: Donna Livengood - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen - Bob and I have no words to express the depth of our sorrow. Please know that you and your family will remain in our prayers and we hope you...Read More »
50 of 80 | Posted by: Bob and Lisa Stafford - MI

“Rest easy brother. ”
51 of 80 | Posted by: Djuante Mitchell - Washington, DC

“Ellen, sincerest condolences to you, your children, extended family and friends during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
52 of 80 | Posted by: Tovah Powell

“Ellen .. My deepest condolences for you and your family.. my heart broke for you when I heard the news.. I will be keeping you all in my prayers.. ”
53 of 80 | Posted by: Jeanette Elston - Kalamazoo, MI

“Ellen and family,I have no words that will ease your heartache. Just know that I am so very sorry for your loss. You always shared such wonderful...Read More »
54 of 80 | Posted by: Ann Cascioli - Columbus, OH

“Oliver was one of my best friends during our time at Sunnyside Elementary School in Stanton Heights. I had found memories of him. I'm deepen sadden. ”
55 of 80 | Posted by: Joseph Plutnicki - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Ellen,My deepest condolences to you and the family. My prayers are with you and children. God bless. ”
56 of 80 | Posted by: Seema Batra - Murrysville, PA

“My Sincere Condolences To The Family and Police Associates Of Our Late Brother; Detective Oliver D. Durden III. Det. Durden, was not only a Pgh....Read More »
57 of 80 | Posted by: RET OFC ELMER FALCIONE - PA

“Super E,My heart breaks for you, your kids, family and friends over the loss of Oliver. One of the things I have learned from you over the years is...Read More »
58 of 80 | Posted by: Greg Schafer - Blacklick, OH

“I had the pleasure and honor of serving in the Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company with Oliver. Oliver was a respectful young man anxious to help...Read More »
59 of 80 | Posted by: Dan Haeck - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Ellen,Words cannot express how very sorry I am to hear about OiOver. You and the children are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless. Kerin Dorris ”
60 of 80 | Posted by: Kerin Dorris

“My sincerest condolences to the Durden family. Oliver and I attended the city academy together and recently found ourselves in the same place from...Read More »
61 of 80 | Posted by: John Haring - Coraopolis, PA

“Ellen and family,My heart truly goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. I am deeply saddened by your loss. Know that you...Read More »
62 of 80 | Posted by: Sara Stark - Pittsburgh, PA

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of your husband and life partner. I can't imagine what you are feeling right now. May the care and love of those...Read More »
63 of 80 | Posted by: Christine Cottle - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Oliver. I know that this is a tough time for you and your family, and I hope that the memories you shared...Read More »
64 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Karaptian - Pentwater, MI

“Ellen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
65 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Bastide

“My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know my words can't change the grief you and your family are going through at this time but may...Read More »
66 of 80 | Posted by: Viki Bullock - Columbus, OH

“You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are both so sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let...Read More »
67 of 80 | Posted by: Bob and Lisa Stafford - MI

“Ellen,I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though words can not express my sincere condolences, I hope you and your feel surrounded by much love. Your...Read More »
68 of 80 | Posted by: Sal Cucci - Cleveland, OH

“Helen, my deepest sympathy to you; your daughter in law; grandchildren and your entire family. ”
69 of 80 | Posted by: Shelia Lewis - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts during this very difficult time. ”
70 of 80 | Posted by: Becky Andree - New Kensington, PA

“My heart goes out to you, Olivia, and Gavin. You are all greatly loved! ”
71 of 80 | Posted by: Jessica Haigis - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen,My heart breaks for you and the kids. Oliver was a true and caring friend. I will miss him deeply. ”
72 of 80 | Posted by: Deb Spotts - McKees Rocks, PA

“Candles will burn till the flame is gone, but the memory will always be forever. My prayers are out for you and your family. ”
73 of 80 | Posted by: Elisa Brooks - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen and family, words will never be enough to express my sincere condolences. I stand in the gap in prayer for you all. May God strengthen and...Read More »
74 of 80 | Posted by: Wahli Demmings - Trotwood, OH

“Ellen and family: Words cannot express the intense grief and sorry that I feel for you. I wish you nothing but the best during this very difficult...Read More »
75 of 80 | Posted by: Christopher Korbelic - PA

“Ellen and Family - Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of Oliver, but please accept my condolences and...Read More »
76 of 80 | Posted by: John Reiter - Pittsburgh, PA

“Ellen,Sorry for your loss! I am keeping you and your family in my prayers!Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ”
77 of 80 | Posted by: Trisha Jones - Columbus, OH

“Ellen, I am so sorry for the unexpected and sudden loss of your husband.My heart aches for you. Wish I was closer so could give you a real hug - but...Read More »
78 of 80 | Posted by: Shannon Bast - Kalamazoo, MI

“Durden Family- I am so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
79 of 80 | Posted by: Liz Hannak - Pittsburgh, PA

“Threw around alotta plates together and fought alotta fire together. I thank you for who I am today thru your motivation and work ethic. See ya in...Read More »
80 of 80 | Posted by: Chaz Szymarek - Pittsburgh, PA


Age 42, of Allison Park, unexpectedly on Monday, February 12, 2018. Beloved husband of Ellen L (Dietrick) Durden; son of Helen Roseann Moore and the late Oliver D Durden Jr; loving father of Olivia and Gavin; brother of Julian (Chandra) Durden and Marla Moore; grandson of Dora Moore and nephew of Lawrence (Donella) Durden. Oliver enjoyed his childhood growing up in Stanton Heights in Pittsburgh. He played football as a kid at the Kingsley Center and carried that on through high school. He attended Peabody High School as a proud student of the public safety program, surrounded by incredible teachers and coaches. Before he graduated high school, he enlisted as a reservist in the Army. Once he returned from basic training, the love story began with his wife Ellen. The two married a few years later and enjoyed several years together with their two children.

Oliver's life journey was filled with countless volunteer commitments including service at the Swissvale Fire Department, Guyasuta Fire Department, and Pleasant Hills Fire Department. His passion for service carried his professional career from the Wilkinsburg Fire Department, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Washington DC Fire Department, and back to his home in Pittsburgh as an Allegheny County Police Officer. He was committed to helping others and being a positive role model to those around him. Friends welcome Saturday 5-8 and Sunday 1-3, 5-8pm William Slater II Funeral Service (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd, Scott Twp 15220. Funeral Service Monday 11:00am, in Covenant Community Presbyterian Church, 1630 Greentree Rd, Pgh, PA, 15220 EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.