Jack D. Wistar 1937-2018

WARREN — Jack D. Wistar, 80, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland.

He was born Sept. 30, 1937, in Akron, to the late John D. Sr. and Martha C. Ellenberger Wistar.

Jack was a 1955 graduate of Warren G. Harding and of Youngstown State University in 1976. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, and was stationed in Germany. After military service, he serviced vending machines for Howell Brothers Vending Company for 15 years, moved on to selling Mercedes-Benz automobiles at Martin Classic Cars in Warren and Austintown for 15 years and retired from the VA Hospital in Brecksville in 1999.

Jack was a 50-plus year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, where he served as an elder, deacon and usher. He was a Stephen Minister and a leader of a monthly Bible class, “The Gatherers.” He always loved getting together with his prayer talk group at church on a regular basis. He enjoyed keeping his cars in “tip-top” shape, watching TV, reading and helping others. He was a VIP blood donor with the American Red Cross. Jack loved to feed the birds and squirrels in his backyard and he had dogs and cats as companions since he was a young lad. Lastly, his favorite food was SPAM; he would often give it out as little gifts to his friends and family on different holidays and occasions.

Jack’s surviving family and friends include his wife, Judith Fellows Wistar, whom he married on Nov. 4, 1961, at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren; his three sons, Kevin (Danette) Wistar of Spanaway, Wash., Brian (Sheila) Wistar of Cortland and Craig (fiance, Susan) of Westlake; four grandchildren who loved to call him “Papa Jack,” Dylan, Sophie, Brianna and Bayliegh Wistar; and sister, Dianne Graham of Ephrata, Pa.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Michael; and infant grandson, Chaz.

The memorial service beginning noon Sunday, July 15, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Warren will be followed by the committal services and then by a reception hosted by the family.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made, in the memory of Jack, to the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, the Animal Welfare League or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Wistar’s arrangements have been entrusted to McFarland-Barbee Family Funeral Home, 271 North Park Ave., Warren, Ohio 44481, 330-393-9621.

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