John S. Futey Jr., 63, Ligonier, formerly of Gallitzin, died Monday at his residence.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late John S. Sr. and Helen (Sekerak) Futey.
Surviving are two sisters: Irene Szynal of Gallitzin and Elaine (Jim) Rice of Harrisburg; nieces and nephews: Karen (Lee) Houston, Sandi (Jeff) Carruthers, Steve (Rosalie) Szynal, Jon (Cyndi) Szynal, Lisa (Ed) Rossey, Jim (Mia) Rice and Alan Rice; 17 great-nieces and great-nephews; a great-great-nephew; two aunts: Ann (Sekerak) Malchesky and Mary (Sekerak) Arndt, both in Ohio; as well as many cousins and friends and his most beloved pet, Scooter.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill, on Nov. 18, 2012; a brother-in-law, John Szynal, in 2010; and his beloved pets: Bashful, Fawn and Katie.
John, known to his friends as Tutor, graduated from the first class of Penn Cambria High School in 1967 and received an Associate of Engineering degree with distinction from Penn State Altoona and a Bachelor of Science in engineering cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. He had worked for DeVilbiss Healthcare in Somerset and retired in November 2011 from Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research Inc. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army in Vietnam and more recently fought a gallant battle against lung cancer, attributed to Agent Orange.
John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Youngstown, and a former member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Gallitzin. He was also a member of Byers-Tosh American Legion and a life member of the VFW Post 734 in Ligonier.
He was extremely proud of his Slovakian heritage and loved playing, dancing and listening to polkas. He was an accomplished trumpet player for many years with the "Melodies." He was a Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan but especially loved the Pirates.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 7, 2013, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, the Rev. Albert Ledoux as celebrant. Military rites will be accorded by Gallitzin American Legion and other local military organizations.
The family suggests donations to the Gallitzin Area Tourist Council or any animal shelter or hospital in John's memory.