John W. Ruscavage, 89, of
8 Mateo Drive Danville PA passed away Thursday morning, September 9, 2010 at
Columbia Montour Home Hospice at Maria Hall Danville PA. He was born June
21, 1921 in Shenandoah PA the son of the late Wasil and Anna Kurilla
He graduated from
Enunciation Catholic High School in Shenandoah PA in 1939. He attended the
University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts. Mr.
Ruscavage served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps
during WWII as a transport pilot with over 730 accident-free hours. He
piloted C-47s with the 44th Troop Carrier Squadron, 316th
Troop Carrier Group , 61st Troop Carrier Squadron and the 314th
Troop Carrier Group in France, England and Germany. He carried Cargo Troops
and towed gliders throughout the Air Offensive of Germany. Mr. Ruscavage
was employed as the deputy building official for the City of Bridgeport CT
and as building official in Delray Beach FL.
Mr. Ruscavage was a
member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Danville PA. He was also a member of
the Knights of Columbus, VFW and the American Legion.
His enjoyments included
woodworking and fly fishing and he was an avid football fan.
He is survived by his
wife of 66 years, Emily Waikes Ruscavage whom he married September 29,
1944. Also surviving are two daughters; Mary Ann Golick and her husband
Paul of Durham NC and Donna Ruscavage of Providence RI. He is also survived
by two grandchildren; Laura Gray and her husband Kip of Atlanta GA and Tony
Golick of Durham NC. He was preceded in death by three sisters; Stephanie
and Mary Ruscavage and Helene Robertson.
A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM at The Chapel at
Maria Joseph Manor 875 Montour Blvd. Danville PA. Burial will be private
in St. Michaelís Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery Shenandoah Heights PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maria Joseph Manor. Arrangements are
under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street