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On July 24, 2013 he went home to be with his Lord. John was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Raised in suburban Pittsburgh, John's passion was baseball, where he captained his high school team. He also captained his college baseball team, Iowa State, where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. John was an enthusiastic member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and has kept friendships with many of his college fraternity brothers throughout the years. Following graduation, John married Jean Swanson in Omaha, Nebraska and was commissioned as Ensign in the Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), U.S. Navy. John served two years in Hawaii and one year in San Francisco. A business career followed in Pittsburgh, with 11 years at American Bridge Division, U.S. Steel, where John was involved with such large projects as building the Mackinac bridge when he was in Detroit, Michigan for four years (after having lived in Orange, Texas for two years). John then joined Swindell-Dressler Division of Pullman, Inc. as V.P. Sales for 15 years negotiating large engineering and construction projects throughout the United States and Mexico, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Following these years in the engineering and construction business, John served for 23 additional years in Christian ministries, first as President of Youth Guidance, Inc., a western Pennsylvania ministry to troubled youth; 15 years as Executive Director, Development, with World Vision, one of the largest Christian organizations, raising funds for the world's poor; and three years with Food for the Poor in a similar capacity. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Swanson Guernsey. John is survived by his son, Jim (Donna) of Twinsburg, Ohio, and son, Jeff (Brenda) of Jamestown, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie), Bryan, Ashley (Jason), Jessica, and Collin; great-grandson, Logan; brother, Daniel B. Guernsey, of Naples, Florida; and sister, Carol Ware of Irving, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3 in Palms Presbyterian Church, with a reception directly following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to World Vision. Arrangements by QUINN-SHALZ FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Jacksonville Beach, FL. Please visit our online tribute at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 31, 2013
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