John B. Kachur 1915-2018

MECCA — John B. Kachur, 102, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.

John was born Dec. 11, 1915, in Waltersburg, Pa., to John and Mary Baran Kachur.

After John graduated from Uniontown High School in 1933, the family relocated from Smock, Pa., to Mecca where he remained settled for the rest of his life.

John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Astoria during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he spent his career working for Youngstown Steel Door Company.

An athletic man, John played basketball and baseball for many independent leagues over the years, starting with The Grange teams. He was also an avid fan of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.

John is survived by his siblings, Steve Kachur of Cortland, Catherine Drawl of Mecca and Thomas Kachur of Mecca, as well as many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Urchek; and his brothers Joseph, Michael and Paul Kachur.

Visitation for John will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Lane Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, Cortland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4659 state Route 46, Cortland.

Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery.

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