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John D. Yurish

John D. Yurish, 69, of Bear Creek passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, after a long, courageous battle with mesothelioma.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Ellis. Together, the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15, 2008. Born in Wyoming, on July 31, 1939, he was the son of Margaret Patazk Yurish, Wyoming, and the late John Yurish. John was a 1957 graduate of Wyoming High School.

A U.S. Navy veteran, John served his country honorably and with great pride. Until his retirement from the Teamsters Local Union 229, John worked as a truck driver. He was a member of St. Anthony/St. George Maronite Church, Wilkes-Barre. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 396.

John enjoyed life. He loved driving his truck across the country, listening to country music, and buying and fixing classic cars. Mostly, he loved spending time with family and friends, especially with his grandson, Matthew. John enjoyed telling stories of the old days and his trips around the country. John was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his beloved wife, Lillian, and his mother, Margaret, John is survived by his daughter, Georgette Austin and her husband, James, Wilkes-Barre; grandson, Matthew Austin; brother, Joseph Yurish, White Haven; sister, Leona Prednis and her husband, Leonard, San Diego, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony/St. George Maronite Church, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, where military honors will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to St. Anthony/St. George Maronite Church, 79 Loomis St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.

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