MIFFLIN - John B. Stitt, 84, of Mifflin, died at 5:05 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin.
Born August 14, 1927, in Spruce Hill Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Dorris and Ruth (Evans) Stitt. On March 16, 1949, he married his surviving wife, Patricia L. "Pat" (Ernest) Stitt, with whom he spent more than 63 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Betty E. Houtz and her husband, Larry, of Carlisle, Carol S. Moyer and her husband, Dennis, of Duncannon, Deborah J. Stitt and her companion, Albert Grant, of Keller, Texas; two brothers, Marlin D. Stitt, of Port Royal, and Glenn E. Stitt and his wife, Faye, of Mifflin; two sisters, Christine Nickle, of Catlett, Va., and Betty Armstrong and her husband, Paul, of Port Royal; four grandchildren, Shannon Berkey, Chad Moyer, Corey Moyer, Hayley Grant; and four great grandchildren, Tate Berkey, Lane Berkey, Grace Foster and Samuel John Paul Moyer.
Preceding him in death were: a son, John L. Stitt; two brothers, Donald Stitt and Carl Stitt; and one sister Gladys Towsey.
John was a 1945 graduate of Tuscarora Valley High School, Port Royal, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having proudly served his country as a Sergeant during the Korean Conflict, where he received a Purple Heart for his meritorious service.
Earlier in life, he worked for the PA Railroad, Mifflin, after which he was employed by the American Viscose Corp., Lewistown, until 1972, and in 1990, he retired as a Rigger from the Standard Steel Corp., Burnham.
Mr. Stitt was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a life member of the Crawford Brubaker VFW Post 5863, the American Legion Post 298, both of Mifflintown, where he held various offices, and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 143, Lewistown. He was also a member of the Juniata County Veterans Council and a loyal participant in the council's military burial honor guard.
As one who loved the outdoors, John loved taking trips to Raystown Lake with his grandkids, hunting, fishing and taking his daily trips to the Juniata Tire Center and Stop 35. His greatest joy, however, was the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with Rev. James B. Wooster officiating. Interment will follow in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.
There will be no viewing, however, the family will receive friends from 7 - 9 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2012, at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorial contributions in Mr. Stitt's memory may be made to the Juniata County Veterans Council, P O Box 1, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Online tributes and condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com