John W. Bacon, 95, of Cabot passed away on December 27, 2020 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries.
Born August 14, 1925 in Barnesboro, PA, he was the son of James Bacon and Marie Esch Bacon.
Son of a coal miner, John grew up in the coal fields of Indiana County during the depression.
John graduated from Green Township High School, Commodore, Pa in 1943 he entered the US Army Air Corps in September 1943, served as a Corporal, communications specialist for the 97th Fighter Control Squadron. He was discharged from the Army in March 1946. He graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1950. After graduation he taught science at Purchase Line High School.
He married Nancy Crawford on December 26, 1953.
In 1957 he was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship to complete his Masters Degree at Penn State. After graduating in 1958, he moved is family to the Saxonburg area, where he took a job teaching physics, chemistry and biology at the newly opened Knoch High School.
In 1965, he joined the new Butler County Community College, where served as Dean of Science and Technology for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. During his tenure at the college, he was instrumental in establishing many of the degree programs in Nursing, Metrology, Electronics and Computer Science.
John enjoyed traveling, camping and custom woodworking. He was a member of the Zion Methodist Church in Sarver, where he taught Sunday School.
Christian camping was very important in John's Life. He served as Camp Corbly director, where he met his wife. He continued this service at Laurel Highlands Baptist Camp for many years.
Surviving are his children, David (Beverly) Bacon of Gibsonia, Daniel Bacon of Butler, James (Susan) Bacon of Butler, Kate (Don) Smith of Blairsville, PA, 6 grandchildren, Kristina (Josh) Zapf, Stephanie (Anthony) DaDamo, Kevin (Kayla) Bacon, Anna Smith, Jamie Bacon and Sarah (Brock) Wojichowski. and 4 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy Bacon, three sisters, Ruth Fleming ,Wilma Edwards and Sue Orr and two infant children.
Private family services will be held on Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home, Inc. in Saxonburg with Rev. Robert Wilson officiating.
Interment will be in the Zion U.M. Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003. Please note in the memo section “Caitlyn Kaufman Legacy Scholarship”.
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