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John J. Urash

May 15, 1931 - October 30, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: November 6, 2020

Funeral Home James Wilson Funeral Home

Place of Service St. Thomas More

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:00 am in St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel by Rev. Stephen Stavoy, Pastor.

Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA.

Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

All CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced, including the mandatory use of facial coverings and proper social distancing. Please be prepared to pay your respects in a timely manner and exit the funeral home after doing so. Temperature checks will also be given upon entering the funeral home.

John J. Urash, 89 of Hamlin, died Friday morning at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore. His wife of 43 years, the former Irene Glomb, died in 1995. Born May 15, 1931 in Hamlin, he was the son of the late John B. and Anna Kishel Urash. In 1937, he attended first grade in a one-room schoolhouse in Hamlin and was a graduate of the Lake Vocational High School, Class of 1949.

A proud United States Army Veteran, John served in Germany from 1955 – 1957. During the Korean Conflict he had many life-threatening experiences in which he called upon his strong faith in God for protection. While John enjoyed a fruitful secular life, he never forgot to thank his God for the many blessings he received. Vowing to pray the rosary every day if he made it home alive, John fulfilled this commitment to the Lord and proudly shared his devotion with all who would listen. He was a member of the St. Thomas More / St. Mary’s Parish Community. He was also a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Joseph P. McDonough Council 7403 in Lake Ariel.

John was in good health throughout most of his life and drew his energy from hard work and perseverance. Throughout most of his life, John owned both a landscaping and nursery business along with a duplicator services company. In 1971 he added more responsibility to his daily life when he purchased the family-owned farm where he raised beef cattle for 35 years. Even after retirement, he continued to labor tirelessly around his home and farm.

John was a kind yet outspoken gentleman, with the greatest integrity both in business and in family life. He was an avid deer hunter as evidenced by the many trophy deer mounts he displayed. Time stood still when he was able to lose himself in the restoring of Ford Mustangs and pick-up trucks. Numerous trophies won at Antique Car Shows were the fruits of his labor. He was also a life member of VFW Post 5207 in Daleville, the SSgt Paul Sweeney American Legion Post 807 in Hamlin and a proud member of the NRA.

John’s love for his country was only surpassed by his love for his family. He is survived by his longtime companion Leona Griffiths of Jermyn. Also surviving are sons John Urash and his wife Dr. Nadine Urash of Moosic, and Dr. Joseph Urash and his wife Nichole of Shelby, NC; grandchildren Anna, Gavin, Riley, and Garrett, all of whom he was enormously proud.

All CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced, including the mandatory use of facial coverings and proper social distancing. Please be prepared to pay your respects in a timely manner and exit the funeral home after doing so. Temperature checks will also be given upon entering the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:00 am in St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel by Rev. Stephen Stavoy, Pastor.

Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA.

Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Church, P.O. Box 188, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.

For directions, to share a memory, or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.

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