John J. Willoughby

Born: Tue., Dec. 21, 1926
Died: Thu., Apr. 26, 2012


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., May 02, 2012
Location: Roat-Kriner Funeral Home (Dean W. Kriner, Owner)

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., May 03, 2012
Location: St. Cyril's Basilica

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John Joseph Willoughby, age 85, 915 Mt. Zion Drive, Danville, peacefully ended his life's journey at his home at 8:07 a.m., Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Born on December 21, 1926 in Shamokin, he was a son of the late Joseph Aloysious and Lottie Mae (Moyer) Willoughby.

John was a graduate of Danville High School, Class of 1944, where he played football. He lived on a farm in Rush Township (Danville) with his family until his induction into the U. S. Army. He  attained the rank of Corporal while serving with the 796th Military Police Battalion of the 36th Infantry Division, stationed at the Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, serving at the end of World War II.

After his discharge from the Army, he worked as a self -employed poultry farmer. He began working at the Cherokee Plant of Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Riverside, in 1952 and retired from there 37 years later in 1989.

John was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; American Legion Post 40; a life member of Moose Lodge 1133 and Washington Fire Co. #2, all of Danville.

During his lifetime, John enjoyed country and western music, telling stories, bowling,  hunting, playing the guitar, roller skating and dancing in his early years and more recently boarding horses and fostering rescue dogs. He also was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Surviving are his wife, the former Michele Heimbach, with whom he celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary on Sept. 28, 2011 and daughters, Alison and Alyssa Willoughby, at home. He is also survived by two children from his previous marriage, Elaine Saul, Riverside and Jeff Willoughby, and his wife Rebecca (Lynn), Danville; a former daughter-in-law, Joyce (Ford) Willoughby; five grandchildren: Cortney Willoughby, and his wife Amy (Graham); Derek Willoughby, and his wife Jamie (Badman);  Ashley Willoughby; David Saul; and Kelly (Saul), wife of Rob Bromwell.

There are also four great-grandchildren: Madalynn, Delaney, Mollie and Samantha; a sister, Florence Quinton, Reading and nieces, nephews and cousins in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

John was preceded in death by a  grandson, Nathan Jeffrey Willoughby; two brothers: Albert and Joseph Willoughby; and two sisters: Mary and Margaret Willoughby.

Friends and relatives may call on Wednesday, May 2, 2012,  from 6-8 p. m. at the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1715 Bloom Road, Danville and also on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a. m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at St. Cyril’s Basilica, Railroad St., Danville, by the Rev. Steven W. Fauser. Military honors will  be performed by the honor guard of American Legion Post 40.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to either the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Haven to Home ( a dog rescue organization); c/o Laurie Allison, 625 Hillside Ave., Berwick, PA 18603.

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Helga and Mike
   Posted Sat April 28, 2012
To all the family of John, our deepest sympathies and thoughts go with you all. We always enjoyed talking to John and swapping stories and horse tips, and having known him for so long makes the absence in life even greater. Prayers for you all at this difficult time.

Connie Burton
   Posted Sat April 28, 2012
Jeff, so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father's obit certainly expresses his life well! What a great fella! He sounds like he was the life of the party!
It is never easy losing a dad, I know, I just did only 12 months ago...but friends and family really help and your father will always be there with you! May you find comfort in these difficult days and weeks ahead. Know that many people care and are thinking about you and your family.

-Connie Burton
(A Willoughby descendant)

Patricia Eveland
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
Dear Michelle and daughters please accept my sympathy and condolences, I went thru this 6 months ago and my advice to you is to take 1 day at a time,and do not rush into any major changes. I was glad I had the pleasure of meeting John, He was a kind and gentle man. God bless you and your girls and John will be watching out for all of you. Sincerely,Pat

Bea Wilson
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
Dear Michelle and girls,
So sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Queen Loncosky
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
Dearest Ones, I knew at the union picnic last fall it might be the final time to visit with John. I'm so grateful to have seen him then, and you too Michele. Many blessings for strength as you and the girls walk through the loss. It doesn't matter how long you know it is coming, the loss is still so very real.
To the rest of the family, condolences on the loss of a dear friend and wonderful man, who served his country proudly, and his work well. You were all blessed to have him for so many years.

Joey & Carol Ent
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Sarah A. Adams
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
Dear Michele, Alison and Alyssa,

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I never met John, but in a way, I felt like I knew him. Mom always told me how he was doing. John had lots of accomplishments in his life, which was a very full and proud life. All my love and sympathy to you Michele, Alison and Alyssa, and to all his family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, may God Bless you all. Loving you, Aunt Sarah

Sarah A. Adams
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
Dear Michele, Alison and Alyssa,
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I never met or knew John, but in a way, I felt like I knew him. Mom always told me how he was doing. John had great accomplishments in his life, which was very full and proud. All my love and sympathy to you, Michele, Alison and Alyssa, and to all his family. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Loving you, Aunt Sarah

Peggy Prezlomski
   Posted Tue May 01, 2012
Dear Michele and daughters,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of John. I worked with him for many years. He was a wonderful man and it was always a fun time to be around him. I know he will live on in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggy Prezlomski

Hileman Family
   Posted Wed May 02, 2012
We feel blessed to have shared time with John and his family over the past 20 years. Looking back I still smile remembering how John helped us out at Church when our daughters were wasn't uncommon for one of them to climb up in his lap making things easier. We continue to pray for the family during this difficult time. Blessings - from Curt, Michele, Alyssa, Bethany & Mikaela.

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