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John G. Foight IV, 81, took his final, peaceful breath with his daughter at his side at the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home on January 12, 2024. John was born on September 12, 1942 in Greensburg, PA, the son of the late Ruth B. and John G. Foight III. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his wife Sandra W. Foight, his sister-in-law Beverly Waters, and nephews Ronald and Christopher Wentzel.
John was a 1960 graduate of Franklin Regional High School and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a helicopter crew chief for the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division and 1st Air Cavalry Troop Provisional. Upon returning home, he attended Point Park College, studying accounting and business. John followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by entering into the local banking business first in Export and then Murrysville. His last role prior to retirement in 2003 was to serve as a Mortgage Loan Originator for Standard Bank in Monroeville. He loved working with and helping individuals, couples, and families through this role. John was dedicated to community and proud to be an active member of the Murrysville-Export-Delmont Rotary Club for more than 40 years. He served as the Rotary Club’s Past-President and, like his father, was a Paul Harris Fellow. John also followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and was a 32˚Mason through the Forbes Trail Lodge #783. John was a skilled woodworker and craftsman, and refinished and rebuilt many pieces of furniture including two pianos. In his years during the service and just after, John worked on and raced his two Austin-Healey’s. He loved to take care of his vehicles and spent hours detailing his and close friend’s cars. John could fix just about anything you put in front of him and after retiring from the bank, he enjoyed working a few days a week at the local hardware store in Murrysville. John was a voracious reader and loved good novels and books dedicated to American history.
Above all else, family was the center of John’s life. John and Sandra started dating in high school and remained dedicated to each other until her sudden passing in 2018. Their daughter Jennifer is proud to call her dad her best friend and closest lifelong confidant. Jennifer’s daughter Emily has been the light of John’s heart, and he was delighted to share his last six years living with and remaining close to Jennifer and her family. John is celebrated by lifelong friends from his early years in grade school and high school, friends from his career at the bank and through Rotary, and those he met in his final years. To say the least, to know John was to have been embraced openly by his kindness and gentleness, his sense of presence and humor, and his dedication to living with integrity and generosity.
John is survived by his daughter Jennifer and her husband David Archibald; his granddaughter Emily Mills and step-granddaughter Lilienna Archibald; his former son-in-law Jeffrey Mills and his partner Andrea Walsh and her two sons Beckem and Bronson; his sister Judy Nobs and her husband Bob; his sister-in-law Debra Reck and her husband Gary; many cousins across the country; niece Amy Lamar and her husband Richard and their two daughters; niece Nicole Swierczyk and her husband Ed and their son; niece Kathi Gamm and her husband Terry and their children; nephew Derek Nobs and his wife Aimee and their two daughters; nephew Matthew Wentzel and his children.
John’s life will be honored with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of life service at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Hart Funeral Home Inc. Interment for both John and Sandra’s ashes will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Export. A gathering afterward will take place at The Lamplighter restaurant in Delmont. All are welcome to attend. If you plan to join the family at The Lamplighter, please RSVP, by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://www.eventcreate.com/e/johnfoight. The family asks all who wish to join them on May 4th to please write their memories of John and bring this with them that day.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Connections at Findley Lake, In Memory of John G. Foight PO Box 121 Findley Lake, NY 14736; Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home, In Memory of John G. Foight / General Welfare Fund PO Box 319 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; or The Amedisys Foundation c/o AseraCare Hospice Care, In Memory of John G. Foight 1015 Logan Blvd Altoona, PA 16602.