John Klimash, 91, of Ponderosa Drive, Muncy and formerly of Waymart, died Friday, November 4, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born August 12, 1920 in Mayfield, he was a son of the late Michael and Josephine Klimash. In 1946 he married the former Margaret Snarcavage. She preceded him in death January 1984 after 37 years of marriage. He married his second wife, the former Christine Carmichael. She preceded him in death February 2006 after 21 years of marriage.
John was a veteran of the US Army, serving for three years in Burma, India where he helped with the construction of the Burma Road. He worked for 25 years for Penn Dot as the foreman on the paving crew. In 1982 John retired from Farview State Hospital, Waymart, where he worked as a security guard.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, Waymart and the Walter Paciga V.F.W. Post 4712, Simpson.
Earning a pilot license, John loved to fly and enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and taking them flying with him. A love of the outdoors, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in Canada. Musically talented, John was fond of get-togethers with his friends, where he would play the guitar and banjo.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Daniel Demuro of Muncy; three grandsons and their spouses, Christopher and Lora Demuro, Daniel and Lindsey Demuro and Michael and Whitney Demuro; one great-grandson, Deklan Demuro; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was predeceased by one brother, Dr. Walter Klimash Bradley and one sister, Anna Pierce.
Friends were received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Parish, 242 Carbondale Rd., Waymart. Officiating was his pastor, Rev. Joseph Sitko. Burial with military honors followed in the Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.
The family provided the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements were handled by Grenoble Funeral Home, 121 S. Main St. Muncy.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com