John J. "Jack" Pegg
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John J. "Jack" Pegg
He was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Danville, a son of the late Francis G. and Emma (Ritter) Pegg. He was married for more than 70 years to the former Louise Gabriel who survives.
Jack was a 1946 graduate of Danville High School. He served his country in the Navy, entering at age 17. He was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and served honorably on both U.S. and foreign soils and seas.
Jack retired from Merck & Co. Inc. in 1988 with more than 37 years of service as a fire, security, and safety officer. He also served as a part-time Danville police officer and as a fire policeman for the community, worked in the meat department at A&P, and delivered cement for Thomas Sand and Gravel.
He was a lifetime member of the Washies Fire Company and served as Chief for eight years before becoming the Danville Fire Chief for two years. Jack was a very civic minded individual and held Danville and its citizens near and dear to his heart. He was instrumental, along with several others, in the organization and original charter of the Danville Ambulance Association. He represented Danville Fourth Ward as a town councilman for several years. He was a leader in the civil defense strategies for the community. He volunteered with the American Cancer Society and delivered daffodils for a long time. Jack was a lifetime member of numerous civic organizations including the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Fraternal Order of Elks. He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Jack enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing pinochle, watching sports including Bucknell basketball, Nittany Lion football, and the former Baltimore Colts along with the local high school athletic teams. He spent many happy times at Penns Creek with life-long friends, Gus and June Livziey, as well as annual trips to the beach and bay with many friends and extended family members, especially Marge and Emil Hauser and Dolores Turner. In later years, Jack spent numerous hours enjoying the view from his front porch while monitoring the neighborhood activities.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Carol (Pegg) and John Kuprevich of Kennett Square, John T. and Colleen (Ritter) Pegg of Danville, and Linda (Pegg) and Christopher Phillips of Ferndale, Mich.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers and their spouses, Robert and Sandra (Rowe) Pegg of Danville and James and Helen (Adams) Pegg of South Williamsport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Keefer and Mary Flick.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 68 Center St., Danville, with the Rev. James E. Lease as celebrant. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Saint Hubert Chapel, St. Joseph Church prior to Mass.
Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Danville, with military rites accorded by the Navy and the Montour County Veterans.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to any volunteer fire department, the Danville Area Ambulance Association, and the Thomas Beaver Free Library.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, 42 W. Mahoning St. Danville, PA 17821.
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