John E. McGough, 91, Hollidaysburg, died Saturday evening at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, after a brief illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late James J. and Regina (Brannan) McGough. He married M. Teresa Brady on Oct. 14, 1950, at St Mark's Catholic Church, Altoona.
Surviving are his wife; two sons: James V. (Sandy) of Hollidaysburg and John W. (Barbara) of Downingtown; six grandchildren: James R. (Angela), Thomas J. (Kristen), Andrew P., Meagan (fiance, Clive Anderson), Sean and Kevin McGough; four great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Sean, Tyler and E.J.; a sister, Frances Hallinan of Altoona; and a sister-in-law, Margie Turnbaugh.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert; and a sister, Betty Hollobaugh.
John was a 1942 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant first class in WWII and Korea and was the recipient of a Bronze Star. He retired in 1985 as a train classification specialist at Conrail with 35 years of service.
He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church, Altoona, and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and member of Knights of Columbus Council 551, Altoona. He also belonged to the Second Air Division Association, VFW, Bavarian Aid Society and Heidelberg Country Club and was an inaugural season ticket holder for the Altoona Curve baseball team. He was also an Eagle Scout.
John enjoyed his children's and grandchildren's sports, bowling, baseball and dancing and his granddaughter Meagan's dance events and international Irish dance competitions.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today, June 3, 2014, at Jones Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held during the visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Altoona, Father Ronald V. Osinski officiating. Committal rites with military honors accorded by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.