John J. ‘Ox’ Prebish Sr.
July 11, 1943 - Sept. 18, 2018
John J. “Ox” Prebish Sr., 75, Cresson, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.
He was born in Cresson, son of the late Peter and Mary L. (Padilla) Prebish.
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Priscilla “Patti” (George) Prebish; three children: Pattilynn Harris and husband, P.J., John Jr. and wife, Lisa (Patterson), and Melissa Plazek and husband, Jeff; 10 grandchildren: Billy (Lacie) Borlie, Becky (Dustin) Oldham, Tyler Prebish, Bailey Prebish, Jeremy Harris, Justin Harris, Malia Prebish, Hannah Plazek, Mackenzie Harris and Connor Plazek; four great-grandchildren: Kayden Snyder, Nicky Gillespie, Bentley Oldham and Lucas Borlie; a brother, Robert Prebish; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Gloria) George; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Prebish.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Prebish; and a sister-in-law, Linda Prebish.
John was a graduate of Cresson Joint High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a heavy equipment mechanic and operator and a member of the IBEW Local No. 126. He retired in 2005 after 36 years of service.
He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Portage. He was a standout football and basketball player. He turned down numerous college offers to serve our country.
John was an avid sports fan, but he lived for football season, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State. For many years, he enjoyed camping and boating, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 20, 2018, at Kennedy-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cresson. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, 509 Caldwell Ave., Portage, Father Thomas F. Stabile, T.O.R., celebrant. Committal will be at St. Aloysius Church Cemetery, Cresson. Military honors will be conducted by the Cresson and Loretto American Legions, Sankertown VFW and other local veteran organizations.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of the veterans organizations listed above.