John A. Moran Sr. (Red), a life resident of Miners Mills, went to rest with his beloved wife, AnnJuan, this past Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
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John was born July 11, 1925, in Miners Mills, son of the late James A. and Beatrice Manley Moran.
John was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine for four years, from which he earned the Merchant Marine Emblem Pacific War Zone Bar, Emblem, Honorable Service, Victory Medal, Presidential Testimonial Letter and was the Atlantic Coast All Service middleweight boxing champion. Afterwards, he graduated from Penn State University with a degree in machine production and tool design and went on to earn his master's degree in teaching from Temple University.
John worked the family business, Moran & Flynn Ornamental Iron, until it closed in 1966, and then became a sheet metal and welding teacher at West Side Vocational School for 25 years.
One of John's proudest accomplishments was being founder of "Free Movies for Children" for the Miners Mills Civic League. John was mini football coach for Miners Mills/Parsons Giants, assistant football coach at West-Side Vocational, a member of the Coughlin Booster Club, Marine Corps League in Miners Mills, American Legion Post 837 and president of the Resident Committee at Highland Manor. John was also a member of St. Benedict's Church, Parsons.
John was preceded in death by his wife, AnnJuan Morgans Moran; granddaughter, Kimberly Evanko; grandson, John Heddings; brothers, James and Joseph; and sisters, Beatrice Tanski and Marie Moran.
He is survived by his son, John A. Moran Jr. and wife, Lisa, Plains Township; and daughters, Bridget Kondratick and Ellen Evanko, both of Miners Mills, Wilkes-Barre. He was known as "Pop-Pop" to his grandchildren, Charlie, John, and Heath Heddings; Frances, Damian, and Theodore James (T.J.) Evanko; John III, Brian, Patrick and Kaitlyn Moran; great-grandchildren, Keryn, Emily, Rachael, Corey, Jeremy, Zachary, Charlie and Liam. John also leaves behind a brother, Joseph Moran, and a sister, Marie Moran, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Highland Manor and their wonderful staff of nurses and aides not only for the wonderful care and compassion they showed our father but also our mother in her time of need.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict's Parish, St. Dominic's Church, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Highland Manor Activity Fund, 750 Schooley Ave., Exeter, PA 18643, or Boy Scout Pack 100, 13 Stocker St., Plains Township, PA 18705.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013