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Friday March 22nd, 2019
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John B. Mosier

MOSIER, John Bernard, “Jack”, 85, passed away on March 18, 2019 in Johnstown, PA. Jack was born on October 3, 1933. He was a ladies’ man, athlete, mason, socialite, railroader and an accomplished handy man. Jack grew up in Anita, PA with his younger brother Dan, where they lent many an afternoon to helping out at the Mosier’s General Store. Jack had a workshop with nearly every tool known to man. He spent much of his retired life making and fixing things for his friends and family. One of his legacies is teaching his daughters and granddaughters woodworking, plumbing, electrical and automotive skills. Skills traditionally reserved for men. The women in his life are numerous. He particularly liked strong, independent women. He married a girl from Punxsy 59 years ago, named Judy Richards, six years his junior. Together they had three daughters, Jan, Jo and Jill, who had Jack’s four granddaughters, Jordy, Jamie, Hayley and Jensen. Good living for Jack was visiting his children and grandchildren and, of course, fixing things for them. All the women in his life have well-endowed tool boxes. Jack was a lifelong railroader and proud of it. He was hired by the B&O Railroad in 1953 after leaving Penn State, Dubois, when it became evident that he would have to take Spanish. Jack rose to the level of trainmaster. When given the opportunity to retire early in 1991, he didn’t hesitate. After all, this would give him more time to visit his friends and family. Jack loved to reminisce about driving a train or being called to deal with a derailment. Jack traveled extensively. He beat a path between Johnstown, Punxsy, PK Camp and Lititz. The Punxsutawney and Kittanning Camp or PK Camp was especially important to Jack. He loved to go for the first day of buck or trout, mostly to harass his friends, eat good food, fix something, or spend time with his nephew, Bill. Periodically, his wife or daughters would convince him to travel to exotic locales such as Ocean City, Disney World, DC or Niagara Falls. In spite of a long lineage of genetic pre-disposition to introversion, Jack beat the odds and was very social. Jack was always looking to meet with friends and family, whether it was attending Punxsutawney High School reunions and railroader lunches. Jack loved sports, especially baseball, once trying out for the Pirates at Forbes Field. He instilled a deep competitiveness and work ethic in his girls. In part because of this, his daughters were well-known in the community as top athletes in both high school and college. Family will receive visitors at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, (Richland), Johnstown from 4-7 pm Friday where a Masonic service will be held at 7 pm. Jack will take his last ride to Punxsy, on Saturday to be interred at Circle Hill Cemetery at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, consider giving donations to the Alzheimer’s Fund-Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, New York. 10017., or www.alzinfo.org.  Thank you to Arbutus Park Manor and Windber Hospice.  “Old railroaders never die, they just derail.” (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)

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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Bridget, Bill, Lauri, Rob, Nathan & Tina on March 21, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad
What great memories how he loved to watch you play and how proud he was of you.
Prayers for you and your family.

Janet Fox Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM

A SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was ordered on March 20, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM


Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jamie and her family. We are sorry for your loss - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Expression of Sympathy Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

Jan, Jo and family - so sorry to see of your dad's passing. No matter where I saw him he always took the time to say hello and chat a bit. I will always remember him with his gentle smile and kind words. Rest in Peace Mr. Mosier!
Kim Mattern-Haluska

Kim Mattern-Haluska Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy girls!

Todd & Ann Moyer Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

Judy, Jan, Jo, Jill and family.

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have such found memories of Jack. When we would come home from Pittsburgh, or Orlando to visit he would always ask us if we had a visa to visit Johnstown. When Gram Walylko passed away he met Charmaine at the Johnstown airport and took me straight to the funeral home. He was always there for Charmaine's Mom and Dad. May the Lord give the strength to get through these trying days.

God Bless you all
Charmaine and Dan Sushereba

Dan and Charmaine Sushereba Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

An INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was ordered on March 19, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 19 2019 12:00 AM