Jack Henry Port

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Au­gust 17, 1929 — Jan­uary 9, 2019

Jack Henry Port, in his 90th year of earthly life, passed on to eter­nal life from his home in Hunt­ing­don on 09 Jan­uary 2019. Jack was born on 17 Au­gust 1929, to Wal­ter W. and Mer­tie E. ( How­ell) Port in Peters­burg and was wed to Joyce Le­je­une Bell on 30 April 1955, in Mount Union. The union of Jack and Joyce Port pro­duced two sons: Robert Bell Port, of Hunt­ing­don and William How­ell Port ( wife Cather­ine Mary ( Pau­v­lik) and son Jack Thomas), of Me­chan­ics­burg. In ad­di­tion to his im­me­di­ate fam­ily, as Jack was one of nine sib­lings, nu­mer­ous ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers re­main, along with a host of friends and busi­ness as­so­ciates, to cel­e­brate his life.

All who met Jack en­joyed his en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity, hu­mor, and civic ded­i­ca­tion.

Mr. Port’s wife Joyce pre­ceded him in death, pass­ing away in May of 2010.

Two of Jack’s sib­lings re­main: Mar­ian L. Gates, of Hunt­ing­don and Ker­mit W. Port, of Peters­burg.

Jack ac­quired his for­mal education at the Peters­burg Vo­ca­tional High School but was a grad­u­at­ing mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral class of the Ju­ni­ata Val­ley High School in 1948, as his education was de­layed for six months due to ill­ness. Through­out his work­ing ca­reer, Jack con­tin­ued for­mal education at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Whar­ton School of Ac­counts and Fi­nance and the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin, Grad­u­ate School of Bank­ing.

Raised in the Christian faith, Jack was a life- long Lutheran. He con­firmed mem­ber­ship at Zion Lutheran Church in Peters­burg in his youth and, after his mar­riage to Joyce, he was a mem­ber of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Mount Union for the re­main­der of his life. Jack served on the church coun­cil and was the church trea­surer for many years.

Jack Port was a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man who en­joyed an en­vi­able ca­reer span­ning more than fifty- five years. Jack’s early work in the field of busi­ness was with Cap­i­tal Blue Cross Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion, serv­ing as an Ac­counts Su­per­vi­sor in Har­ris­burg and Philadel­phia from 1952 to 1957. In 1957, Jack and Joyce re­turned to Mount Union where Mr. Port worked as an As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent for the Union Na­tional Bank and Trust Com­pany in both Mount Union and Hunt­ing­don of­fices from 1957 to 1968. In 1968, Mr. Port founded the Jack H. Port Agency, Inc. From 1968 to 2008, Jack grew and ex­panded his in­sur­ance busi­ness across of­fices in Mount Union and Hunt­ing­don while form­ing busi­ness part­ner­ships with James T. Hicks and Robert B. Port. In 2008, after 40 years of busi­ness suc­cess, Jack and his part­ners sold the Jack H. Port Agency to the Cen­tral In­sur­ers Group of Lewis­town.

The list of civic and so­cial as­so­ci­a­tions that Jack H. Port main­tained through­out his life is a tes­ta­ment to his core val­ues and be­liefs. While en­joy­ing life to the fullest, Jack took civic re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously and was al­ways ready to serve and lead in or­der to make the com­mu­nity bet­ter. Jack was a mem­ber of the Mount Union Cham­ber of Com­merce and Area De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and he served for more than two decades on the Hunt­ing­don County Hous­ing Au­thor­ity Board. Among the many civic/ so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions that Jack as­so­ci­ated with through­out his long life are: the Free and Ac­cepted Ma­sons, Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Amer­i­can Le­gion, Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars, Nit­tany Lion Club, and the Quarry Hol­low Hunt­ing Club.

In the prime of life, Jack and Joyce Port were a formidable team for good in the com­mu­nity of Mount Union and in Hunt­ing­don County. While each was unique in their ap­proach, they fed off of their mu­tual en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion for serv­ing and be­ing with oth­ers in the com­mu­nity. Be­yond ba­sic mem­ber­ship in com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, Jack H. Port served in lead­er­ship po­si­tions and was rec­og­nized for his good works through­out his life in var­i­ous ways. He served as the Pres­i­dent of the Mount Union Lions Club dur­ing its glory years in the 1970’ s and 80’ s. He served as the Pres­i­dent of the Ju­ni­ata Val­ley Coun­cil, Boy Scouts of Amer­ica from 1983 to 1986, and was rec­og­nized with the Sil­ver Beaver Award, the Vigil Honor Award, and the Daniel Carter Beard Ma­sonic Scouter Award for his work in Scout­ing. In 1989 Jack, along with his wife Joyce, were rec­og­nized with the “Good Scout Award” for their work in Scout­ing in Hunt­ing­don County. Fi­nally, for his com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in the realm of Freema­sonry, Jack was con­ferred as a 33rd De­gree Freema­son in 1976. Through it all, be­yond for­mal or­ga­ni­za­tional of­fices, awards and recog­ni­tion was a sim­ple, plain- spo­ken man that peo­ple truly en­joyed spend­ing time with. He was a tes­ta­ment to his time and place in the world and a man who is al­ready missed by many.

A pub­lic visi­ta­tion will be held for Jack Henry Port at the Robert D. Heath Fu­neral Home, 61 East Shirley Street, Mount Union, from 79: 00 p. m. on Fri­day, 18 Jan­uary 2019. The pub­lic visi­ta­tion will be pre­ceded by a Ma­sonic Ser­vice from 6: 30- 7: 00 p. m. ( pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend the Ma­sonic Ser­vice). A fu­neral ser­vice will be con­ducted for Jack Henry Port at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, cor­ner of Mar­ket and South Jef­fer­son Streets, Mount Union, at 10: 00 a. m. on Saturday, 19 Jan­uary 2019. The fu­neral ser­vice will be im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by a com­mit­tal ser­vice at Cedar Grove Ceme­tery, Peters­burg. All are wel­come to at­tend.

As per Jack’s wishes, in lieu of flow­ers, friends and fam­ily may want to con­sider a do­na­tion to the Ju­ni­ata Val­ley Coun­cil, Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, 9 Tay­lor Drive, Reedsville, PA 17084; or a com­mu­nity char­ity of choice.

The fam­ily wishes to ex­tend its thanks to the many friends, fam­ily, well- wish­ers, and health­care providers who have made Jack’s re­cent ill­ness and pass­ing as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble. Special thanks is ren­dered to the hospice team mem­bers who cared for Jack in his fi­nal weeks.

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