John Alan VanKirk
John Alan VanKirk, 66, of Watsontown, entered into his father's kingdom on Nov. 27, 2019.

John was born Nov. 1, 1953, in Sunbury to the late LeRoy and Nancy J. (Gautsch) VanKirk.

He was a 1971 graduate of Shikellamy High School. After graduation he attended Williamsport Community College, where he studied drafting.

Most recently, John worked at Wal-Mart, Lewisburg.

He was an avid sports fan; since playing Little League as a youth, running track in high school, to coaching Little League as an adult. Depending on the season, he enjoyed watching his New York Yankees, Denver Broncos and Alabama Crimson Tide as well as attending Bucknell Bison men's and women's basketball games.

In his spare time, John could be found reading his Bible and at the time of his death he was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Watsontown.

He is survived by three children, Melissa and Jeremy Temple, of Watsontown, Vanessa VanKirk, of Muncy and John R. and Rebecca VanKirk, of Cape Vincent, NY; six grandchildren, Aubrey and Austin Reichner, Benjamin Temple, Carter Temple, Devlynn Williams, Guinevere VanKirk, and Micah VanKirk; three siblings, Steve and Carol VanKirk, of Northumberland, Tina and Dennis Stevens, of Northumberland and Renee Snyder, of Sunbury; four nephews, one niece and five great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael VanKirk.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Main St., Watsontown, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. with his pastor, the Rev. James H. Fladland officiating.

Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send donations to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Watsontown, 400 Main St., Watsontown, PA 17777.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown.

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Jim and Linda Gautsch
Dec 03, 2019
We are so saddened to learn of John's passing. He was such a quiet person, but so well liked by all who knew him. Our heartfelt prayers and love go out to his entire family.
Don & Kay Young
Dec 02, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of John's unexpected passing. He was a quiet man, but what he said when he did speak was worth hearing! Rest in Peace, John. You are missed.
Krista Bower
Dec 01, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was always so quiet, but very kind. I remember living down the street from him and his family, and his involvement with the WR midget football league. May he rest peacefully in the arms of Christ.
Roger & Lynn Wintersteen
Dec 01, 2019
We were so sorry to learn about the loss. We hold you in our prayers and ask that God would comfort you.
Melvin & Robin Allen
Dec 01, 2019
Our prayers are with you. Be strong, trust that your pap will be with you every day. πŸ™
Donna Hullihen
Nov 30, 2019
John was awesome worked with him at Moran always looked for him at Walmart every time I walked past toys! So sorry!!πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ
Nov 30, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Truman & Sherry Moore
Nov 30, 2019
Love and prayers for all of you. We will surely miss him but we know he is home with the Lord and also our family that was waiting for him. God bless you all for the peace that we will all see him again.
kevin scholl
Nov 30, 2019
I worked with John at walmart. I was saddened to hear about his passing. He was a good man & I enjoyed working with him. My thoughts are with his family at this hard time.