Obituary Notice: John A. McGary

John A. McGary, 82, of Curwensville died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona.

Born July 2, 1931 in Pike Township, he was the son of Phil and Minnie (Paffrath) McGary. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, where he earned various medals, including the Army of Occupation World War II Medal.

He was owner/operator of McGary’s service stations in three, different locations. He also worked for Fullington Bus Company, where he was a manager and driver for more than 17 years. He was a member of VFW Post 842 in Curwensville.

Surviving are four sons, John McGary Jr. and his wife, Sandy of Grampian and their children, Bart, Ben and Boone McGary; Martin McGary and his wife, Donna of Grampian and their children, Adam McGary and his wife, Justine, Abby Stiles and her husband, Colt, Nate McGary and his wife, Kim and Justin McGary; Scott McGary of Muncy and his children, Andrew McGary and his wife, Ashley, Katie Anne McGary and Nicholas McGary; and Cory McGary of South Williamsport and his son, Patrick McGary; and four great-grandchildren, Iree and Shane Stiles and Kael and Adalie McGary.

Also surviving are six brothers and sisters, Richard McGary of Glen Richey; Mary McGary of Curwensville; Margaret Hoehler and her husband, John and Janet Plaszenski, all of Colorado; Harry McGarry and his wife, Judy of Bloomington; and Timothy McGarry and his wife, Jan of Dubois.

He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Nancy McCracken, whom he wed in 1954; his parents; a sister, Phylis Howell; and two brothers, Phil McGary and Fred McGarry.

Services for Mr. McGary will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Curwensville with the Rev. Daniel Osterhout officiating. Burial will follow in Lumber City Cemetery.

Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Clearfield Honor Guard.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the First Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Curwensville, 1227 Susquehanna Ave., Curwensville, PA 16833.

The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.

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