John C. “Jack” Ditty

d0e96895-c3de-474e-a478-959cab4225a1[1]John C. “Jack” Ditty, 96, of Knox, passed away Tuesday June 23, 2015 following an extended illness.

Born May 18, 1919, in Summerville, Jack was the son of John and Mary Ditty.

Jack graduated from Summerville High School then served in the US Navy for 7 years. While in Navy Jack served on the USS Wichita “heavy cruiser” as Chief Turrent Captain deployed in the North Atlantic & South Pacific.

After serving in the Navy Jack worked as a dragline operator for coal companies for many years before retiring.

On August 2, 1942 John married Bonnie Simpson who preceded him in death in 1992.

Jack was a member of the Knox United Methodist Church.

Jack’s greatest enjoyment was fishing, and spending time with family. He also enjoyed meeting up with his friends at the local clubs until his health started to decline.

He was a life time member of the Servicemans Club, & VFW of Clarion, and also belonged to Rod & Gun Club.

Jack is survived by his three children John Ditty & Becky of Fayetteville, GA, LaJean Judy & Bill of Luncinda and Janice McElravy of Knox; seven grandchildren Caprece & Andrew Gomez of Rogersville, MO Tina Peters of Fayetteville, GA, John Ditty & Jennifer of Hamilton, GA, Jessica Davis of Pittsburgh, Jennifer Judy of Lucinda, Byran McElravy & Sandi of Shippenville and Karri German & Joel of Clarion; and eleven great grand children Savannah, Quinton, Landon, Jayden Gomez, Haleigh, Cameron Peters, Olivia Ditty, Jordan, Peyton McElravy, Kierstin Kiser and Calvin German. Also surviving are two sisters Florance McElhattan and Joan Freeman.

In addition to his wife and parents Jack was preceded in death by a son William Ditty and two brothers Bob Ditty and Paul Ditty.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the McEntire­Weaver Funeral Home, at 504 East Penn Avenue in Knox.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor Randy Evans, ClarionForest VNA Hospice Chaplain, officiating.

The Berlin­Bowser American Legion Post #720 of Knox will perform full military honors. Interment will follow at the Vandervort Cemetery in Summerville.

Memorials may be made to the Clarion Forest Visiting Nurses Association, P.O. 271, Perkins Road, or the charity of one’s choice.

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