GAVARKAVICH, John A., 65, of Martins Ferry, OH, died February 12, 2014, at his residence.

He was born January 16, 1949, in Martins Ferry, a son of the late Edward Gavarkavich, Sr. and Dorothy “Dee” (Phillips) Gavarkavich.

He retired from the Mingo Junction Plant of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. John was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Colerain, OH, and American Legion Post 38 and Purple Rider Booster Club both of Martins Ferry.

He loved to fish and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy L. (Bernot) Gavarkavich.

Surviving are his children, Gretchen Gavarkavich and John E. Gavarkavich both of Martins Ferry, and Stacy and family of Wheeling, WV; a brother, Edward (Janice) Gavarkavich of Martins Ferry, two grandsons; nephew; Edju, niece; Holly Hammerquist and several great-nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH, where services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon with Fr. Tom Marut officiating. Burial follows in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.

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