John J. Stevens of Scranton died Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, the former Karen McCormick; daughter, Lindsey; and granddaughter, Myla Stevens; daughter, Molly Stevens and her fiancé, Matt Ruane; and stepchildren, Paul and Ashley McHale.
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Born in North Scranton, son of the late William and Alice Clarke Stevens, he was a 1977 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1977 to 1981 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve and served as a construction supervisor, retiring at the rank of master sergeant. He spent most of his career as a supervisory manager for the 99th Army Reserve Command Center in Pittsburgh. Before his death, he worked at Simplex Industries in Scranton.
Johnny loved life, spending time with his family, an endless list of friends telling stories, singing and dancing. He was an avid golfer and a devoted fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. His pride and joy in life were his two daughters, whom he fondly referred to as Munster and Mooch. He was proud to be "Papa Johnny" to granddaughter, Myla.
He is also survived by 10 brothers and sisters, Maryann Stevens, Bill Stevens, June Schofield, Joan Stevens, Alicemarie Keisling, Carol Zarcone, Linda Jenkins, Frank Stevens, Paul Stevens and Jim Stevens; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in law; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Gary M. Keisling.
A Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church on Penn Avenue in Scranton. Friends and family attending are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, Sanderson Avenue, Scranton. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the United Way of Lackawanna County, 615 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510, the Lupus Foundation, 615 Jefferson Ave., Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510 or the
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1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA 18509
Published in Scranton Times on July 14, 2014