The Rev. John E. Duvall, formerly of West Newton, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Born Dec. 23, 1922, at his home in East Millsboro, a son of the late John C. and Harriet (Franks) Duvall, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Odella Grace (Prosser) Duvall on May 16, 2000; his two brothers, infant sons Charles Duvall and Harrison "Harry" Duvall; and son-in-law Kenneth Lowanse.
Surviving are five children, John E. "Jack" Duvall and his wife, Patty, Todd A. Duvall and his wife, Darlene, Jill A. Stewart and her husband, Bill, Deborah M. Lansperger and her husband, Larry, and Pamela L. Lowanse. He was very proud of his 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger sister, Samantha Verb; a brother-in-law, William (Billy) Prosser and his wife, MaryLou; and sister-in-law, Mildred Teasdale; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A 1941 graduate of Brownsville High School in 1941 and served in the Navy as a pilot until the end of World War II. He held several jobs throughout his life including: auto salesman, hardware store clerk, paint store owner and was auditor for the State of Pennsylvania, until he gave into his calling as a minister. John's ministry started in 1957, serving a four church circuit, the Ashbury Circuit, in Greene County. He was transferred in 1962 to the Percy Charge (Lemont Furnace, Shady Grove and Cool Springs United Methodist churches). In 1967, he was transferred to United Methodist Church in West Newton, where he served for 23 years until retiring in 1990. Retirement was short lived. The following Sunday, he was in the pulpit again serving the Greensburg district as needed until he was sent to Trinity United Methodist Church in Greensburg, where he served for 14 years. He retired as pastor emeritus June 24, 2007. John was an avid golfer who spent time with friends and family, sharing in this wonderful sport. John also gave of himself through membership in the West Newton Rotary (honored as a Paul Harris Fellow). He served as a councilman and was a member of the Blyth Lodge 593 F and AM Masonic Lodge in West Newton, where he served as the lodge's chaplain. However, his greatest joy and honor was serving the members of his churches. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the RICHARD F. DODSON MEMORIAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, Pa. 15089. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 9, 2013, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Amy Chesla presiding. Interment with military honors will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Greensburg, PA 15601.