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September 18, 2018

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December 26, 2017
I just received Anna's Christmas card and didn't know that Jack had passed. Truly was a man I admired and looked up to. Together, Jack and Anna were always there for me, regardless what was going on in my life. This is a sad day for me because I had so many great memories of him. The Lord must have needed a versatile, dedicated man with a great sense of humor so he took him. To all his children, you were blessed to call him Dad; I was blessed because I was his friend.
September 28, 2017
Jack and I have been friends and more like brothers since we met in the 2nd grade. We'd play touch football next door in Pete Dewan's back yard and watch the Army Navy game each year at Jack's house.

He threw many a pass to me on the high school football field and we became fraternity brothers at Penn State.

He entered the Army after Penn State and was stationed in Germany. We kept in touch after I joined the Marine Corps. We always talked about touring Europe together and in 1963 we spent 30 days doing just that when I was able to take leave.

It was a great experience as we toured by train,car and Vespa.
One of the highlights of the trip was at the Vatican when Pope John VI was elected and the white smoke appeared on the Vatican roof.
We received the Pope's blessing along with 20,000 other Italians in St. Peters Square

We're Protestant however, so I don't know if it did much good.

Recently we reconnected again after I learned of his terrible disease. As strong and as active as he was, it was a big surprise. He was a great swimmer especially under water. We used to bet people who from out of town that he could swim underwater for several minutes without surfacing. He always won the bet by a huge margin.

He also, through his dad, became a crane operator at 16. Not an easy task.

I spoke with Jack several times in the past 3 months, the last time 2 days before he died. I'm so glad we did. He was a real fighter and if he had to, he was going down swinging.

I was so happy that he had his final wish of being John's best man. It meant the world to him.

We had great memories, and I'm now reliving them again. I will really miss him.

Tony Wayne
September 4, 2017
Our condolences to you, Peggy, and to your whole family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
September 1, 2017
To Martha and family I'm so very sorry for your loss. May all the beautiful memories you have of your dad bring you some comfort in this most difficult time.