John F. ""Jack"" Espig

June 16, 1945 - December 31, 2021
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John F. “Jack” Espig, 76, of Cumru Township, passed away December 31, 2021, at Fairlane Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Arnold Kurt & Helena (Frank) Espig. He was the husband of Yvonne O. (DeCarlo) Espig with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage in June. He was a devoted, loving husband, father, and grandfather who had a love for animals.

Jack was a 1963 graduate of Reading High School and a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War.  He was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the U.S.S. Fort Mandan LSD #21 where he was a signalman second class.

Jack worked as a lineman and serviceman at Met-Ed for 39 years, retiring in 2005. He also helped in the clean-up at Three Mile Island unit 2 reactor. Jack was a member of Teutonia Lodge No. 367 F&AM, serving as worshipful master in 1995 and 1998. He was also a member of Herman-Humboldt Lodge No. 125 F&AM, served on the Board of Directors at the Masonic Center Foundation and was a member of Greg Post #125 American Legion in Temple.

In addition to his wife Yvonne, Jack is survived by his daughters – Tina Louise Gehris, wife of Brian Gehris (Cumru Twp) and Melissa M. Sager, wife of Wayne Sager (Rockwell, TX); his brother-in-law Peter DeCarlo and his cousin Helmut Espig. Jack is also survived by his two grandchildren, Matthew Gehris and Allison Gehris.

Jack was kind and could make friends easily. He loved to talk and tell a joke. Jack also loved working outdoors, hunting, gardening, going to the beach house, and going on ski trips with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Viewing from Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington on Friday, January 7, 2022, from 6-8 PM. Masonic service by Teutonia Lodge No. 367 F&AM beginning at 8:00 PM. Graveside service on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring. Military honors rendered by the U.S Navy and Ray A. Master Post # 217- Honor Guard. Rev. Dr. Harry S. Bohn, Jr. will officiate. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508. www.kleefuneralhome.com

 

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 7, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Pleasant View Cemetery

Address:

650 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, PE, 19608

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Graveside Service will be officiated by Reverend Dr. Harry S. Bohn, Jr.

Military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy and Ray. A. Master Post #217 Honor Guard


Date: Friday, January 7, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Masonic Service by Teutonia Lodge No. 367 F&AM


Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Pleasant View Cemetery

Address:

650 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, PE, 19608

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Graveside Service will be officiated by Reverend Dr. Harry S. Bohn, Jr.

Military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy and Ray. A. Master Post #217 Honor Guard


Donation Information

Animal Rescue League

58 Kennel Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508

 

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Born: June 16, 1945
Died: December 31, 2021

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larry miller posted on 1/7/22

My sincere condolence to the Espig family. I know it's very hard to lose someone so close. I got to work/know Jack thru Met-Ed and I would run across him after he retired occasionally when there were outages in his area. Always a good guy. RIP

 

Amber Taylor posted on 1/6/22

Melissa, Wayne and family, Nothing can take away the love a heart holds dear. Fond memories remain and remembrance keeps them near. Wishing you peace and comfort friends. Love, The Taylor Family

 

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