John Richard Iwaniszek was called to heaven on the 25th of May 2020 at the age of 98. He was living in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
He was born on the 1st day of January 1922, the eighth of nine children, in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania to parents Stefan and Victoria, both of whom were immigrants from the Carpathian region of eastern Europe. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Sophia, Mary, Catherine, Adam, Ruth, Anne, Agnes and Elizabeth. He was also preceded in death by his son Samuel Iwaniszek and his step-daughter Beverly Beard.
John survived WWII in Italy (87th Mountain Division assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado. He was a Purple Heart recipient.
After the war he pursued a career as a diamond tool engineer until his retirement. John was very athletic and loved to ski, hike, play softball, bowl and hunt. He loved nature and would always take the opportunity to instill that love upon his children and grandchildren. He also had a love for traveling.
John is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Lucille Grubbs Iwaniszek; his children John, Matthew (Opal Belamy), Elizabeth Wells (David) and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his twin daughters Beverly Mahoney and Barbara Epsey. Also surviving are his stepchildren, Marvin Haynes (Sharon), Deborah Boyd (Bruce), Sherry Westmoreland (Johnny); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John is loved and will always be missed. In accordance with current distancing regulations, his memorial service is still being determined.