John H Ditch

Born: Wed., Jul. 13, 1927
Died: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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John H. Ditch, age 92, passed away on
Saturday, January 18th, at Twinbrook Health
Care. He was born on July 13, 1927, in Cool
Run, Pa., the son of the late George and Elizabeth
Phipps Ditch.
John served in the United States
Navy during World War II, and
was later employed by Templeton
Energy. John was a member of St.
Gregory’s Church and was past
president of the North East VFW
#4789. He enjoyed playing bingo
and going to the casino. John was
formerly a racecar driver in the
ARCA series, racing all over the
country, including Daytona. Locally, he raced his car
“U2” on the dirt tracks.
John was preceded in death by his brothers, William
and George Ditch; and a sister, Jean Gaydosh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Vera
Janicki Ditch; son, James W. Ditch (Debbie) of Ripley;
grandchildren, Kim Doyle (Bill) and Jay Ditch; five
great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
a sister, Betty Newkirk of North Carolina; sistersin-
law, Larue Ditch of Ohio and Virginia Ditch of
Erie; and special nephew, David Gaydosh. He is also
survived by two stepdaughters, Rita Bahm (Jim) and
Eileen Hoderny (John) of North East; nine stepgrandchildren;
12 step-great-grandchildren; and three
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Saturday,
January 25th from noon until the time of a memorial
service at 2 p.m. Officiating the service will be Father
Thomas Brooks. Memorials may be made to the
McCord Memorial Library, 32 W. Main Street, North
East, Pa., or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Jason Monn
   Posted Sat January 25, 2020

I sorry to hear about John. He was a great guy. Sending you Big HUGS

David (Stretch) Brennan
   Posted Mon March 02, 2020
Many great memories working with John at Paramount Drilling.
John was a great person and a good friend.
My condolences to the family.
In Christ

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