John Robert Shuck of Huntingdon, 66, died Tuesday at his residence surrounded by family and friends following a long battle with cancer. He was born in Huntingdon, the son of the late Jack M. and Patricia (Prendergast) Shuck.
He was married to Christine Baker-Shuck on November 27, 1993, at Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon.
John is survived by his wife at home; her daughter, Brooke Shuck, and her fiance, Dylan Wentzel, of Pittsburgh; sister, Jacqueline Shuck and husband, Robert Frank, of Roanoke, Virginia; brother, James and wife, Joanne Haumesser, of Bemus Point, NY; brother, Jeffrey and wife Staci, of Huntingdon; and brother, Jack “Jay” Shuck, also of Huntingdon.
His stepfather and stepmother, William, also survive. “Invoice” and Susan Baker of Williamsburg; brother-in-law, Ronald Baker and wife, Melissa, also of Williamsburg.
The surviving nieces and nephews are: Lauren Shuck Howard (Aaron), Jason Shuck, Tessa Clements (Worth), Jerica Shuck, Jordan Baker (Marra) and Rachel Greene (Derek).
John graduated from high school in the Huntingdon area in 1972 and graduated from Juniata College in 1976. His professional life has focused on sales and service, starting with a paper delivery route for The Daily News. After graduating from college, he worked for the insurance agency Jack M. Shuck, then at Richard Jehu, Yenkin-Majestic Paint Co., and, for 27 years until his death, Chemung Supply Corp. headquartered in Elmira, NY
Over the course of his life John was a member of many organizations including the Huntingdon Area Jaycees and Elks Lodge 976. He was a longtime supporter, board member and treasurer for 40 years of the Huntingdon Community Center, where, after getting off the board, it was said, “We found that it takes at least three people to complete the job he was doing.
He sat on the Huntingdon Borough Council and held the position of Chairman of the Council. He was also a longtime director of Huntingdon Savings and Loan.
John was a talented and avid golfer who played for his high school and college golf teams. One of his favorite memories of college was winning the Blair Miller Senior Golfer of the Year award. He participated in several area golf leagues as a top tournament player and was a member of the board of directors and officer of the Huntingdon Country Club while still a member. He was a 50-year member of the Central Counties Golf Association, frequently serving as tournament president. He’s always loved baseball (Go Pirates!), Climbing the ranks from Farm to Little to Teener and finally to City League, where he was both a player and an officer. He has also played in local adult softball and basketball leagues. His favorite hobbies included sitting with family and friends at Altoona Curve games and traveling with his wife and daughter; especially in national parks, Myrtle Beach and Disney World.
Her favorite pastime, with Chris, was spending time with her daughter. He especially enjoyed going to his sporting events, musical concerts and other activities in high school and college. He was a great supporter of his academic achievements and was proud to teach and coach him in the game of softball for over 20 years.
He loved gardening and, under the guidance of his stepfather, he became an apprentice farmer.
Her favorite holiday was Christmas. Not only did he deliver gifts disguised as Santa Claus, but he embodied the spirit of Santa Claus throughout the year, providing gifts in the form of parties, meals, rides, charitable donations and, more recently, personal deliveries of canned goods and baked goods to friends, family and caregivers. He never said no to helping out. If you knew him then you know what we mean.
John and his family attended Donation United Methodist Church where he found great peace in being included in the church family.
Friends can call 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021 at John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon; and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sixth and Washington Streets, Huntingdon, with Pastor Barbara Servello officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Huntingdon. All participants are requested to wear a face cover.
There will also be a Celebration of Life Reception from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Stone Creek Valley Lions Club, 5303 Cold Springs Road, Huntingdon.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of John’s favorite charities: Huntingdon Community Center or Huntingdon County Humane Society.
To sign an online guestbook and express your condolences, visit www.johnbbrownfuneralhome.com.