Cumberland Times-News


November 17, 2013

JOHN E. COOLBAUGH [Schellsburg, Pa.]

SCHELLSBURG, Pa. — Mr. John Edward "Jack"  Coolbaugh, 86, of  Colonial Courtyard, formerly of Valley Road, Schellsburg, exchanged his cross for a crown at 9:38 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2013.

Mr. Coolbaugh was born in Allegheny County, Pa., on Tuesday, June 28, 1927, the son of the late John H. and Anna (Howard) Coolbaugh.

He married Betty Ruth (Williams) Coolbaugh on June 26, 1949 at the Presbyterian Church in Schellsburg.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his daughter, Karen, wife of  Douglas DeVore, Centerville; son, John, husband of Cindy (Clark) Coolbaugh, Schellsburg; daughter, LuAnn Bender, Cumberland; grandson, Craig, husband of Julie DeVore; granddaughter, Jonna Coolbaugh and special friend Chris; grandson, Justin Coolbaugh and fiancee Stacy; grandson, Jeramy, husband of Stephanie Bender; granddaughter, Sara (DeVore) wife of Zachary Drysdale; step-grandson, Chris, husband of Jamie DeVore and three great grandchildren, Madison, Pierce and Gabrielle, who were the joys of his life. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carol Ann.

Jack graduated from Pleasantville High School and served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army of Occupation, stationed in Shanghai, China and Yakima, Japan during World War Two.

He retired after 37 years from U.S. Steel in Johnstown. Jack was a boy scout leader and served on the Chestnut Ridge School Board for 12 years. He was a life member of the Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, a life member of the former Scotland School and a life member of the Schellsburg VFW Post 4440, where he was a past commander and quartermaster. He was honored for 50 years of active service with the VFW in 2008. Jack was the last living member of the Board of Directors to the merger of the United Church of Schellsburg. At the church he was very active as a council member and served on various church committees. He was a member of the Schellsburg Lions Club and Retired Senior Volunteer services.

Jack enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and working for his Church and VFW. He will be forever missed by family and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2013, with the Rev. Ruth Shaver officiating.

Interment will be held at Fishertown Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be accorded by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home in Schellsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to The United Church of Schellsburg, PO Box 108, Schellsburg, PA 15559.

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