Rev. John C. Boor, 88, of Myerstown, formerly of Emlenton, a retired United Methodist pastor, went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014, at the StoneRidge Towne Center in Myerstown.
John was born on January 4, 1926 in Altoona. He was the son of Veryl Kenneth and Anna Mary Carter Boor. John grew up in Fertigs and played for the Hayrake Amateur Baseball League. He was a 1948 graduate of Cranberry High School. John left school to enlist in the U.S. Air Force and finished high school following his discharge from World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Clarion State College in 1962 and earned a Master of Theology Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1967. John was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a B-17 Waist Gunner in the war. He was a member of the American Legion James H. Henderson Post #32 in Oil City.
John was actively involved with leadership roles in scouting for 36 years. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1985 that was presented by the Penn’s Woods Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Rev. Boor preached his first sermon at the Fertigs Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of 16. He had served as an ordained pastor of the United Methodist Church in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference from 1960 until the time of his death. He retired from full time ministry in 1991 and continued in part time ministry until 2006. Rev. Boor had most recently served the Shippenville Charge, pastoring the Shippenville, Manor and Providence United Methodist Churches. He had previously served Beechview United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, Dayton United Methodist Church, Youngwood United Methodist Church, and Homestead Ave. United Methodist Church in Johnstown.
After retirement, he returned to the ministry to serve at the Plumer and Rouseville United Methodist Churches, as well as the Manor United Methodist Church, where his ministry began. He was recognized for his work in youth, camping, and music ministries. Rev. Boor had authored several books including: Poems to Pray By; Fertigs, My Hometown; and Advice From God. Prior to entering full-time ministry, he had worked as a production manager for Struthers-Wells Corp. in Titusville.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Marie Eddinger Boor, whom he married on May 27, 1951. The couple recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Two children survive, Lisa Ann Plasan and her husband, Marcus Hoos of Clarion and John Carter Boor Jr. and his wife, Debra of Myerstown; three grandchildren, Allison Lynn Gerwick of Reedsville, Joseph Howard Plasan Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, and Rebecca Ann Plasan of Clarion; three great grandchildren, Thad Christopher Gerwick and Brett Andrew Gerwick, both of Reedsville, and Damian Gabriel Plasan of Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Kenneth Boor, and a sister, Janet Louise Forringer.
Friends were to be received at the Hile Funeral Home, Inc., 1204 Kerr Ave. Emlenton on Saturday, April 26 from 2 - 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Emlenton United Methodist Church, 1303 Kerr Ave. Ext., Emlenton. A funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Betsy Cooper, pastor of the Shippenville United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Jack Friggle, a retired UM minister, co-officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Foxburg American Legion and the Parker VFW Posts at Allegheny Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Butler County.
Memorial contributions in Rev. Boor’s name may be made to a United Methodist charity or to the Boy Scouts of America at scouting.org. To send a condolence, please visit hilefh.com.