John Albert McGary, 62, of Washington, died suddenly Thursday, April 10, 2014, in his home.He was born May 24, 1951, in Washington, a son of the late William McGary and Mabel McVay McGary.Mr. McGary was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, serving from January 21, 1971, until his honorable discharge January 19, 1973, with a rank of specialist 4th class. For his service, he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one overseas bar, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device and Sharpshooters Badge Rifle M-16.He worked for 14 years in the hot end at Brockway Glass and retired from Joy Mining, where he worked as a truck driver.Mr. McGary was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 927, WWCC Car Club and Teamsters Local 585.A loving father and grandfather, he loved helping people, enjoyed classic cars and was an avid Steelers fan.On July 29, 1999, he married Margaret "Susie" Scears, who survives.Also surviving are a son, John William McGary of Mt. Lebanon; a stepson, Senior Master Sgt. Richard J. DeMarco of Bowie, Md.; two stepdaughters, Billy Jo Tabatabai (Mohammad) of Washington and Bobbie Jo McMillin (Rob) of Canonsburg; two brothers, Earl McGary (Pam) and Robert McGary, both of Washington; grandchildren Cassidy and Conner McMillin, Abigail and Audrey Powell, Hannah and Leila Tabatabai, and Rachael and Chloe DeMarco; and two nieces, Amanda McGary and Brittany McGary.Deceased is a brother, William Leroy McGary.Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, April 13, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Private burial will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 12, 2014