WILLARD REV. JACK P.|
Age 79, of Richland, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Beloved husband for 56 years of Mariolin "Mo" (Davis) Willard; loving father of James (Tricia) Willard, John (Emily) Willard, and the late Patrick Willard; dear brother of George (Jane) Willard; brother-in-law of Thomas (Marj) Davis and P.C. (Lynn) Davis; proud grandfather of Nadine (Paul) VanBuskirk, J. R. Willard, James Willard, and Brandon White; loving great-grandfather of Cameron, Garrett, and Addison VanBuskirk; also survived by childhood friend, James Frederick. Jack was a graduate of New Kensington High School and went on to Purdue University, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, he served his country in the U.S. Army, 3rd Division, Ft. Benning, GA. After the service, he went on to a successful engineering career at Alcoa for over 20 years, at which time he followed a calling to enter the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master's of Divinity. Rev. Willard went on to serve at the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, Bakerstown, PA, First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, Hillsdale, MI, Westmont U.P. Church, Johnstown, PA, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA, and ultimately Memorial Park Presbyterian Church, Allison Park, PA. Rev. Willard loved people and ministering to members of his Church and community. He was a true shepherd, tending to his flock and devoting his life and energy to church work. Jack has many additional passions, including gardening, trees and shrubs, wine making, coin and stamp collecting, antiques, Lincoln memorabilia, reading, crossword puzzles, teaching, and singing with the Men's Gospel Singers at Memorial Park Church. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hosanna Industries, 109 Rinard Ln., Rochester, PA 15074. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, Bakerstown.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 26 to Dec. 6, 2013