John F. Isbell Jr., beloved husband, father and brother, age 86, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away March 8, 2013 at the HPH Hospice in Lecanto, Fla.
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Born on July 16, 1926 in Sayre, Pa. to John F. Sr. and Edna (Wells) Isbell, Mr. Isbell was raised in Athens, Pa., where he graduated from Athens Area High School.
He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II under General Patton. After his military career, Mr. Isbell attended and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in commerce and finance. He retired after 33 years at IBM as senior pricing analyst for the space program. He also worked for Winn Dixie for five years and then sold sports memorabilia at Howards Flea Market for 15 years. During his career, Mr. Isbell lived in Huntsville, Ala. for 15 years then moving to Merritt Island, Fla. for 11 years and finally he moved to Citrus County 23 years ago. He enjoyed reading, golf, bowling, boy scouts, church, his family and helping others. Mr. Isbell volunteered at several hospitals and served as a town council member in Athens, Pa.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia J. Anderson Goens; granddaughter Danielle Melchionne; brother Harold Isbell; and brother-in-law Herbert Schramm.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean M. (Hunsinger) Isbell; three children Linda M. Cole of Homosassa, Fla. (formerly of from Athens, Pa.), Robert J. Isbell and Renee K. Melchionne, both of Homosassa, Fla.; grandchildren Shane (Lisa) Cole of Brush, Colo., Philip (Rikki-Michelle) Cole of Towanda, Pa., John Melchionne and Joseph (Shantel) Melchionneall of Homosassa, Fla., Michelle (Sean) Davy of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Matthew (Pamela) Anderson of Leetonia, Ohio; great-grandchildren Cody, Conrad and Colin Cole of Brush, Colo., Abigayle and Adam Cole of Rome, Pa., Justus Anderson of Leetonia, Ohio; step great-grandchildren Erikka and Cassidy Walker and Savannah Gable of Towanda, Pa.; eight other grandchildren in Florida; two sisters Norma (Stewart) Rae and Inga Schramm; Sisters-in-law Janet (Claude) House, Marjorie Isbell and Phyllis Hunsinger; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 until service time at 11 a.m. at the Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto, Fla. Pastor Brian Baggs will be officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. at the Florida National Cemetery with American Legion Post 155 of Crystal River, Fla. giving military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name can be made to HPH Hospice in Beverly Hills or to the local Hospice in your area.
Published in Daily Review on Mar. 10, 2013