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John (Jack) J. Pegg


May 27, 2019


John (Jack) J. Pegg, 91, of Danville, PA passed away on Saturday May 25, 2019 at his residence.   He was born January 30, 1928 in Danville, PA, the son of the late Francis G. and Emma (Ritter) Pegg.

He graduated from Danville High School in 1946.

Jack served his country in the United States Navy, entering at age 17, and was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal. He served honorably on both US and foreign soils and seas. 

He is survived by his devoted wife of over 70 years, Louise (Gabriel) Pegg.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and their spouses: Carol (Pegg) and John Kuprevich, Kennett Square, PA; John T. and Colleen (Ritter) Pegg of Danville; and Linda (Pegg) and Christopher Phillips of Ferndale, Michigan along with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  John is also survived by two brothers and their spouses:  Robert and Sandra (Rowe) Pegg of Danville and James and Helen (Adams) Pegg of South Williamsport, PA. John was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Keefer and Mary Flick.

Jack retired from Merck & Co. Inc. in 1988 after over 37 years of service as a fire, security, and safety officer.  Jack also served as a part-time Danville police officer and as a fire policeman for the community, worked in the meat department at A&P, and delivered cement for Thomas Sand and Gravel. 

He was a lifetime member of the Washies Fire Company and served as Chief there for eight years before becoming the Danville Fire Chief for two years.  Jack was a very civic minded individual and held Danville and its citizens near and dear to his heart. He was instrumental, along with several others, in the organization and original charter of the Danville Ambulance Association. He represented Danville Fourth Ward as a town councilman for several years.  He was a leader in the civil defense strategies for the community.  He volunteered with the American Cancer Society and delivered daffodils for a long time.  Jack was a lifetime member of numerous civic organizations including the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Fraternal Order of Elks.  He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing pinochle, watching sports including Bucknell basketball, Nittany Lion football, and the former Baltimore Colts along with the local high school athletic teams.  He spent many happy times at Penns Creek with life-long friends, Gus and June Livziey, as well as annual trips to the beach and bay with many friends and extended family members, especially Marge and Emil Hauser and Dolores Turner.  In later years, Jack spent numerous hours enjoying the view from his front porch while monitoring the neighborhood activities.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church 68 Center Street Danville PA with Reverend James E. Lease as celebrant.   Friends will be received from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM in the Saint Hubert Chapel within the St. Joseph church.   Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Danville PA.  Military rites will be accorded by the US Navy and the Montour County Veterans.

The family will provide flowers.  Memorial Contributions may be made to:  any volunteer fire department, Danville Area Ambulance Association, and the Thomas Beaver Free Library.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com


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