May 3, 2012
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John "Jack" Eustice Jr., 80, of Stillwater, died early Thursday morning, May 3, 2012 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he had been a patient for the past 10 days. Born January 4, 1932 in Courtdale, he was a son of the late John Eustice Sr. and Marian (Parks) Eustice. He and his wife, Anna G. (Yablonski) Eustice, would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary this August 22. Mr. Eustice had worked for Lee Tires, then worked security for PSFS Bank and Sears Warehouse. He later worked in construction and plastering, retiring in 1984. He was well known for being a gunsmith specializing in gun checkering. He attended Myers High School in Wilkes-Barre and then enlisted in the U. S. Army, where he attained the rank of Corporal. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the C. I. B. Pres. Unit Citation, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal and the Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the N. R. A. and a member of the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Anna, are his three children, John B. Eustice, and his wife, Lisamarie, of Damascus, Maryland; Renee A. Hansen, of Covington, Washington; Nanette M. Gatlos and her husband, Michael, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Jake, Larissa, Nicole, Austin, Veronica, Michael and Aaron; a brother, Daniel Eustice, of Wilkes-Barre and a stepbrother, Neil Eustice of Milford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two stepbrothers, Ronald and William Eustice. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Valley Forge Gardens Cemetery, King of Prussia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Christ the King Catholic Church, P. O. Box 297, Benton, PA 17814. Arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., Benton. For online condolences, please visit our website www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com .
Published in Times Leader on May 4, 2012