John Kambic

Obituary of John Kambic

John W. Kambic, 87, died Saturday, January 25, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born in Steelton on August 21, 1932 to the late John A. and Jennie Yaclich Kambic. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie, his brother, Richard, and a nephew, Richard Muzic. John is survived by the love of his life of 65 years, Nancy (Trout) Kambic, and six children, John and his companion, Jeannette, Robert and his wife, Vickie, Frank and his wife, Debra, Cynthia and her husband, Wayne Seigle, Christopher and his wife, Joanne, and Kraig and his wife, Heather. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren, his sister, Catherine Muzic and sister-in-law, Roberta Radic, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was a larger than life man who loved and cared for his family. He especially doted over his grandchildren and great grandchildren, as they were the joys of his life. He stayed in contact with many of his former students and athletes, taking time to be involved with them as much as he could. John was a 1950 graduate of Steelton High School, where he played football and baseball. He volunteered for the Navy during the Korean Conflict earning his wings as an Aviation Radioman and served honorably from 1950-1953. He graduated from Millersville State Teachers College in 1956. He taught at Warwick High School, Susquehanna Township High School, Harrisburg Academy, Mechanicsburg High School, and Cedar Cliff High School. He was an accomplished teacher, instructing students in Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, Geography, and Ethnic Studies. He was a legendary coach in track and field and in cross country. In Track and Field, he had 225 wins, 20 District III Gold medalists, 3 State Champions, 4 League Championships, two undefeated teams (1973 and 1983) and 25 winning seasons. He initiated the first Girls' Track and Field team at Cedar Cliff and coached them to an undefeated record in their first year. In Cross Country he had 220 wins, had the District III runner-up team, a league championship (1968), 6 conference Gold medalists, 14 runners compete in the State Championships, and 17 winning seasons. John was a PIAA official for Track and Field, Softball, Baseball and Football. He was a Charter member of the Central Penn Track Officials chapter, organized the first Central Penn League Championship and was Head Marshall at the PIAA State Championships. He was the founder of the Cumberland County Cross Country Meet Championships and was the meet director for the Central Penn All League Run. John was a successful football coach in Junior High and High School and had a Championship team with the New Cumberland Bengals. John was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was honored to be named to the Cedar Cliff High School Wall of Fame as well. John was on the West Shore School District School Board of Directors for eight years, serving as President for three years. He was a Director of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit for four years and served on the Board of Directors of Bishop McDevitt High School. John was a member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish, Steelton, a fourth degree knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 3625. He was an active member of the St. Aloysius Club, St. Mary's Catholic Club, St. Lawrence Club, Steelton Italian Club, Moose Club and the Deutscher Quartet Club. He also was a member of the VFW Post 7415 and American Legion Post 143, both of New Cumberland. John was a proud founder and member of the Water Buffaloes Social Club, a group of life-long friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 am in Prince of Peace-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 815 S. Second St., Steelton with Very Rev. David L. Danneker, his Pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in Rolling Green Cemetery, Lower Allen Twp. A viewing will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 357 S. Second St., Steelton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Visitation 1

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, January 31, 2020
Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
357 South Second Street
Steelton, Pennsylvania, United States

Service Information

11:00 am
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Prince of Peace - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church
815 South Second Street
Steelton, Pennsylvania, United States
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