Rev. John's Story

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The Rev. John Mark Vought Jr., 79, of Lewisburg, formerly of Mifflinburg, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Buffalo Valley Nursing Home in Lewisburg.

John was born on Nov. 7, 1937, at Danville Hospital, a son of John Mark Vought Sr. and Florence Anderson. He married Joyce Marie Burrell of Hartleton who predeceased her husband in August 2016. Survivors include son, Joseph, of Sterling, Va.; daughter, Michelle, of Normal, Ill.; brother, Donald, of Center Valley, Pa.; sisters, Nancy, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Susan, of Harrisburg, Pa.; and grandchildren, Kristin, Jonathan, and Nicholas.

As a young boy, John grew up in New York City where he was the only white boy in his class, taught by African American Harold Lomax, his mentor with whom he maintained a lifelong relationship. When his family relocated to Union County, he graduated from Mifflinburg High School after which he attended and graduated from Susquehanna University.

John graduated from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg and was ordained in 1968 when he embarked on a 30 year career as an ordained Lutheran minister in the ELCA. His parishes included Zion and St. John's in Union Deposit and Hornerstown, Pa. respectively followed by Emmanuel and St. John's both in Brickerville, Pa. Thereafter, he moved to York, Pa. where he served Luther Memorial Church for 19 years. He continued his ministerial duties serving as interim minister in Williamsburg, Va. and in Mazeppa, Pa.

Known for his sense of humor and pastoral care, he communed his parishioners by their first names every Sunday. Fun-loving and talented, John used his musical skills in and out of the pulpit to deliver his famous children's sermons, to entertain parishioners at covered dish suppers, and tour senior centers where he routinely had the audience in stitches with his song parodies particularly "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in his hilarious falsetto. He and daughter Michelle also entertained at nursing homes performing their "Tea for Two" soft shoe dance.

Together with his wife Joyce, John enjoyed 45 years of Disney World visits as a VIP Disney guest. Members of the Vacation Club for many years, they spent hours dancing their way through the parks from the front of Cinderella's castle to Epcot's Biergarten. John and Joyce were even featured on the Disney website as the famous "dancing couple."

In the last 20 years of his life, John demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his wife as her caregiver while she suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. John will always be remembered for his playful nature, his love of life (in addition to teaberry ice cream), and his message of JOY as a Lutheran minister.

His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewisburg.

Memorial gifts in memory of John and Joyce Vought may be given to Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary or Lutheran World Relief.

Arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Published on February 26, 2017
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