The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 10, 2013

John A. Blough

HOLLSOPPLE — BLOUGH – John A., 80, Speigle Road, Hollsopple, died July 10, 2013, on the family Century Farm where he was born, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born Jan. 26, 1933, in Hollsopple, son of Martin V. and Adda Burle (Yoder) Blough. Preceded in death by parents; grandson, Johnny Blough; sister, Genevieve “Dolly” Blough; brother, Vernon, and wife, Betty (Gastiger) Blough; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, John E. and Rose E. Eash. Survived by loving wife of nearly 57 years, Arbutus “Boots” (Eash) Blough; children, Diane, married to Thomas Bridge, Hollsopple; Martin "Mood” Blough, married to Beverly (Speicher), Hollsopple; Melissa, married to Steve Siracusa, Lancaster, Calif.; and Amanda Safko, and fiance, Douglas Garman, Jerome; foster son, Joseph Sarver, married to Karen (Coughenour), and his family, Boswell; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane, married to William Moss, Hollsopple; and Norma, married to Carl Fisher; and Grace, married to Vance Sloan, both of Boswell; brother, James Blough, Hollsopple; brothers-in-law, the Rev. John Eash, married to Wilma (Berkey), Hollsopple; and Laurence Eash, married to Bernice (Hershberger), York; and sister-in-law, Dr. Violette C. Eash, Huntington, W.Va. Member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5 for 45 years. Retired from Church and Murdock Electric, Johnstown, in 1995. He served during the Korean War in the 82nd Airborne from 1954 to 1956. Member of Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, where he held various positions of leadership. He was attending Hooversville Church of the Brethren. Also a member and past president of Conemaugh Township Area Historical Society. In 1977-1978, he was a brethren service volunteer in Guatemala. Together with his wife, served as Western Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren Mission Coordinator for more than 20 years working with The Emanuel Children’s Home and Project Global Village in Honduras. He led Sunday morning worship services at Siemon’s Lakeview Manor, Somerset, for 30 years. Since 1998, he served as executive director of International Christian Aid, an agency raising funds to help needy children, their families and communities in Third World countries, as well as providing material aid to the projects in Honduras. John was as a union electrician but a jack of all trades and especially enjoyed maintaining and operating the family farm. Viewing will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 109 Church Road, Davidsville. Viewing also will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, the Rev. John Eash, the Rev. Guy Myers and the Rev. Paul Hamilton, presiding. Interment, Maple Spring Cemetery. Donations in John’s memory may be sent to International Christian Aid, P.O. Box 395, Jerome, Pa. 15937, or In Touch Hospice House, 1474 N. Center Ave., Somerset, Pa. 15501. To express condolences, make a donation, light a candle or order flowers, visit

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