John F. Isbell Jr., beloved husband, father and brother, 86, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away March 8, 2013, at the HPH Hospice in Lecanto, Fla.
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He was born 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 Gen. 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 moved 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, Robert J. Isbell and Renee K. Melchionne; six grandchildren, Shane (Lisa) Cole, Philip (Rikki-Michelle) Cole, John Melchionne, Michelle (Sean) Davy, Joseph (Shantel) Melchionne and Matthew (Pamela) Anderson; two sisters, Norma (Stewart) Rae and Inga Schramm; sisters-in-law, Janet (Claude) House, Marjorie Isbell and Phyllis Hunsinger; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto, Fla. Pastor Brian Baggs will officiate. Burial will be at 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.
Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, Lecanto, Fla., www.brownfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 10, 2013