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John Daskivich Sr.May 23, 1939 ~ September 22, 2017 (age 78)
John Daskivich Sr, 78, of Creekside, died Friday, September 22nd, 2017 in his home surrounded by loved ones. This stubborn, yet kind-hearted, man was born in his family’s home May 23rd, 1939, to Alex and Blanche Daskivich as the first of four children. He took pride in being the big brother – nothing was more important to him than his family. This character trait was certainly passed on to his three sons that he shared with the love of his life, Alice, whom he married on September 3rd, 1966.
Like most of the men of his generation, he started out working in the coal mines but then established a career working at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an equipment operator from 1972 to 1998. Second to his family, his other passion was automobiles. He was so good at detailing that friends and family, far and wide, would bring him their cars to take care of. This love (which some might say bordered on obsession) was passed onto his middle son, Scott.
He enjoyed gardening and appreciated hard labor involved in farming – teaching his children how to care for chickens, cows, and baling hay. His favorite pastime in retirement was sitting on his porch swing looking out over the land that he loved.
He will be remembered as a good friend who would give the shirt off his back; an ornery father who had the uncanny ability to be both happy and grumpy at the same time. He loved to hear the laughter of his grandchildren (and certainly enjoyed sneaking them candy without their parents seeing!)
Surviving are his wife, Alice, Creekside; three sons John Jr and Scott, Creekside, and Brian (wife Katherine), New Eagle, and their three children – Benjamin, Matthew, and Emma; his brother, Michael (wife Joann), Creekside, and their children; his sister, Blanche Helman (husband Bill), Indiana, and their children; sister-in-law Shirley Gray (husband Ralph), Indiana, and their children.
Proceeding Mr. Daskivich in death are his parents, Alex and Blanche, and his sister, Rose Marie (Cookie).
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, September 27th, from noon until 2pm at the John A Lefdahl Funeral Home. A blessing service will immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel. Interment in the St. Bernard Cemetery will be private.