John I. Pennabaker

Feb. 14, 1928 – June 6, 2014

John I. Pennabaker, 86, Juniata, died Friday evening at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Hayden and Katherine Isabelle (Shaner) Pennabaker. He was twice married, first to Hattie Arlene Byers on Jan. 9, 1954, in Altoona; she preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2009. He then married Debra A. Wasdin on June 4, 2010.

Surviving are his wife; three sons: John I. Pennabaker Jr. of Tyrone, Dennis C. Pennabaker of Houtzdale and Mark C. Pennabaker of Everett; a daughter, Mary E. Conrad of Dysart; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Richard S. of Auburndale, Fla., and William E. of State College; and two sisters: Edith L. Cunningham and Saundra L. Pennabaker, both of Hubbard, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jerrod Pennabaker; four sisters: Viola E. Hollabaugh, Katherine Hoover, Beatrice J. Polasko and Bonnie S. Ellmore; and two brothers: Michael L. and Robert H.

John was a 1976 graduate of Altoona High School and received his master’s equivalency from Penn State University. In 1944, at age 16, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a fireman. In 1946, he joined the U.S. Army, went to Germany and fought for our country. He also served in Korea in 1951 and Vietnam in 1966 and then retired in 1969 at the rank of chief warrant officer 3.

After his military service, John was an instructor in the small engine repair program at the Altoona Area Vo-Tech School, retiring in 1989. He had been a member of the former Fourth Lutheran Church.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata, followed by a funeral service with full military honors at 11 a.m., Pastor Dave McClanahan officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s memory to Special Olympics, 1133 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, or to the charity of your choice.

John I. Pennabaker

John I. Pennabaker, 89, Juniata, died Friday evening, June 6, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.

Friends will be received from 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s Mirror.