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John R. "Jack" Sloan

John Richard Sloan, 95, a family man and community leader, passed away on February 5, 2022, peacefully in his sleep with his close family nearby. He survived his loving wife Esther (nee Michaels), and now leaves two daughters, Janet (Ken Allen) and Patricia, and two sons, Joseph (Ellen Sloan) and Michael (Lisa Sloan), and seven grandchildren: Lt. Cmdr Jack Sloan, Dave Sloan, Mary Ardrey (Ben Ardrey), Joe Sloan, Matt Sloan, Zach Taylor and Rob Sloan and great-granddaughter, Evelyn Sloan, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great- nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents Joseph L. and Mary C. (nee O’Brien) Sloan and siblings, Dorothy Dailey, Joseph (Bud) Sloan, and Eileen Irwin. Affectionately known in his family and his large community as “Jack,” he resided in Johnstown nearly all of his life.  He left only to serve in the US Navy and to work briefly in Pittsburgh.  Jack married Esther in 1957 in Beaverdale.  His biggest sorrow in life was losing Esther 30 years ago.  Jack enlisted in the Navy at age 17 while a senior at Johnstown Catholic High School.  He served in the WWII Pacific Theatre, and he was involved in the landing on Luzon, the Philippines. Following his return to the US, he enrolled in St. Vincent College, Latrobe where he received an accounting degree in 1952 and later his CPA license.  He worked briefly in Pittsburgh at an accounting firm and was assigned to a branch office in Johnstown.  Eventually he and a business partner bought the office to form CE Wessel Company, still active. In 1967, he became treasurer of Laurel Management company, which operated the water system for the greater Johnstown area. In addition, the company owned a number of different local businesses, one of them a travel agency. In this way, Jack was able to travel to many places throughout the world, including the Vatican. Jack progressed to become the president, then Chairman of the Board for Laurel. Jack was a devoted member of the Parish of St. Benedict. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Geistown, with Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. Entombment, St. Joseph Mausoleum. The family suggests memorial remembrances in memory of Jack Sloan may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber. The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Uncle Jack was such a warm and loving man. He had a playful spirit and an infectious laugh. We just remember there was always love and laughter whenever Uncle Jack would visit.

Allison and Lesley Feb 11 2022 8:40 AM

Uncle jack was such a great guy to know. I remember having brunch at the Holiday with him and my grandparents and Dorothy and Johnny. We had great times and we'll miss him a lot!!! Love to all

Adam Irgang Feb 9 2022 1:42 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. I Will always remember Uncle Jack with a smile and laugh. May you find comfort in the memories. Karan Michaels & family

Karan Michaels Feb 9 2022 12:54 PM

All of us are honored and privileged to have known your father. Blessings and love to you all. Barbara, Kim. Bill and Lisa

Barbara L. Enderlein Feb 9 2022 12:38 PM

All of the Enderlein family are privileged and honored to have known your father. We send you love and support. Barbara,Kim,Bill and Lisa

Barbara L. Enderlein Feb 9 2022 12:35 PM

Laughter and singing are two of my greatest memories of life with Uncle Jack. Our families were blessed to have him. He was always there for everyone. We will miss you. We love you. Enjoy your reunion in heaven 💕.

Mary Dailey Holmes Feb 9 2022 7:09 AM

Sincere sympathies to the entire Sloan family. Many fond childhood memories with Joe and his dad. He is at peace at last, with his loving wife, in the presence of our Lord. May God's love provide consolation for you all.

Denny Beiter Feb 8 2022 5:08 PM

To all the Sloan family and extended family, my prayers and sympathy to you and thanks for being such a light in Jack's life. His Mother and mine were best life-long friends and our families were forever intertwined. I told everyone I was going to marry Jack Sloan when I grew up. He was 16 and worked for Munzer's Market delivering food orders and I was 5 and waited on the porch for him every week. Jack's great spirit spread love and joy and compassion wherever he went. Esther was the perfect match for him and together they raised a wonderful family and continued to better the lives of everyone they encountered. Much love to you all who continue their spirit.

Sister Janet Mock, CSJ Feb 8 2022 3:29 PM

So many fond memories of your parents and your father's train down in the basement. Sorry for your loss.

RuthAnn Michaels Dobnak Feb 8 2022 2:28 PM

My sincerest sympathy to Jack's special family. His wonderful and productive life will provide comfort to all who readily interacted with him as family or friend!

Jeanne (Soisson) Vicini Feb 8 2022 6:31 AM

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