John Joseph Danka, 76, of Gilpin Township, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit at Cabot.
A son of the late Victor Danka and Stella (Lubunyc) Danka, he was born on July 22, 1943 in Leechburg, PA.
John had been employed as an electric shop supervisor by Allegheny Ludlum Steel in West Leechburg and Bagdad for over 35 years before retiring in 1998. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Christ the King Parish in Gilpin Township, the American Legion in Schenley, the Marconi Club in Leechburg and the Moose Lodge in Leechburg. John was very active in community service for local youth, having served as a Cub Scout Master and coached his sons in baseball and Leechburg CYO basketball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reloading his ammunition for his firearms, raising his two horses, and competing in the Boy Scout Pinewood Derbys.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty (Mozga) Danka of Gilpin Twp.; three sons, Jason J. Danka of Hyde Park, Michael J. Danka (Michelle) of Allison Park, Jesse M. Danka (Jenna) of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Jacob, Draven, Nolan, Delaney, Leyton; two brothers, Pete Danka (Bobbie) of West Leechburg; Eddie Danka (Tracey) of Natrona Heights; four sisters, Flo Blauch of North Hills, Ann Nulph of Leechburg, Goldie Tesh of West Middlesex and Dorothy Faulkner (Richard) of Richmond, VA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Danka; and a sister, Rosie Cibik.
Friends welcomed by his family on Monday, Feb. 3, 2019 from 3-7:30 p.m. at Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051). Parting Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Parish, 125 Park Road, Gilpin Twp., with Rev. James H. Loew, O.S.B. as celebrant and military rites conducted by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Interment following at St. Catherine Cemetery, 614 Evergreen Rd., Gilpin Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Orphans of the Storm, 11878 PA-85, Kittanning, PA 16201.
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