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John Johnson

February 14, 2016

U.S. Veteran

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The funeral with military honors will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City with services by Rev. Virginia Miner, pastor of the Peckville Presbyterian Church. Friends may call Friday 4 to 7 p.m.

For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.

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John “Jack” Johnson, 98, formerly of Blakely  and Dickson City, died Sunday morning February 14, 2016 at Clarks Summit Senior Living. He was preceded in death by his wife the former Dorothy “Jean” Williams. She died in 1988.

Born in Aberdare, Wales, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sarah Davies Johnson and he was a former member of the Peckville Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Blakely High School and Bucknell University class of 1939 with a degree in Economics and Finance.

Jack attended the University of Minnesota to study Japanese. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army at Camp Huntsville, TX interpreting orders for the benefit of Japanese POW’s and oral requests from POW’s. For many years he was a member of many of the local veterans organizations.

In 1948 he started Johnson’s Towing on W. Market St., Scranton and later in 1961 he moved to its current location on Rt. 6 in Dickson City. He was a member of the PA Independent Auto Dealers
Association serving as president and director and he was selected Man of the Year for that organization. He was also active with the PA Motor Truck Association.

He was dedicated to his business and clients working daily until he was 95 years old. His motto was “When you’re in trouble on the road call Johnson’s”. His secret to his long healthy life was Taylor’s Port, garlic and raw onions.

He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who enjoyed attending auto auctions with his buddies at Manheim and Harrisburg and he could often be found at Captain Wolf Lounge at Harrisburg Days Inn. He freely gave away Johnson’s free tow job cards.  He leaves a legacy of service to those who follow.  He fulfilled a life long dream when his son Ralph and his crew constructed a tandem steer Auto Car Wrecker dubbed “Jack’s Dream”.  One of his proudest moments was when Ralph and his crew took “Jack Dream” to the Baltimore Tow show.

Surviving is a daughter, Kathy Lee Siwinski and husband, Steve, Dickson City; sons, Thomas Johnson and wife, Valerie, Peckville, and Ralph Johnson and wife, Janet, Dickson City; grandchildren, Brian Siwinski and wife, Lisa, Dickson City, Michael Siwinski, Dickson City, Ralph Johnson Jr. and wife, Megan, Dickson City, Jennifer Johnson, Throop, Vanessa Johnson-Ragan, Peckville and Thomas Johnson and Wife Dawn, Dupont; great grandchildren, Miles and Macie Siwinski, Kendal and Jack Johnson, David Ragan and T.J. Johnson; a sister in law, Marilyn Minelli, Justus; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Johnson.

The funeral with military honors will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City with services by Rev. Virginia Miner, pastor of the Peckville Presbyterian Church. Friends may call Friday 4 to 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18505.

For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.