John A. “Jack” Gavin, 93, of Wheeling, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in Heartland of Lansing, Bridgeport, Ohio.
Jack was born February 7, 1921, a son of the late William and Jennie Gavin. He attended St. Alphonsus Grade School; was a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School; and retired from the Wheeling Post Office and the former Wonder Bakery. He was also a life member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the CAVE Club, Wheeling; and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Werner Gavin, in 1995; two brothers, Charles & William Gavin; a sister, Maime Vinesky; and a nephew, John Vinesky.
Jack is survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Werner of Wheeling; a special niece, Linda Wheeler of Morgantown; a special nephew, Louis Werner of Wheeling; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 5-8 pm, Friday, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Mount Calvary Cemetery Bishop’s Chapel, Wheeling, with the Rev. Doug Ondeck officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 2111 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of John A. Gavin, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..
US Army WW II Veteran, John A. Gavin, “A True American Hero” God Bless†
† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
May the peace and comfort of the Lord be with Uncle Jack. May he and Mary Lou be reunited in God’s eternal presence.
May many blessings be upon those who cared for him in his old age. My memories of him are as a younger man who walked around Wheeling every day and who usually had a small cigar stogie in his mouth.
My brother JJ and I express our sympathies to the Family. We remember our Dad, John taking us to the Cave Club to meet up with Uncle Jack. Some of our fondest childhood memories.
Sincere condolences from the family of Bob and Norma Minzler. Jack and Mary Lou were two of the kindest people I have ever met. They are together again and may God bless them and your family.