AMerican Veteran 10

John R Specht

July 22, 1939 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

John Specht Obituary

John Ronald Specht of Howard, PA passed away January 5, 2024, in Hospice care at Mount Nittany Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. He was born July 22, 1939, in Stevens, PA to the late John H. and Catherine (Weidman) Specht. In 1987 he married Dorothy (Dottie) Lavelle Specht and shortly after that moved to his dream home in the mountains.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five stepsons: Matthew A. Gatto (Jeannine) of Palestine, TX; Mark A. Gatto, Howard, PA; Michael G. Gatto (Hope) of New Holland, PA; Martin G. Gatto (Kathy) of Marietta, GA; and Maurice G. Gatto (Dorothee), Montreal, QC, Canada. He is also survived by his grandson, Tristan J. Specht, East Earl, PA and ten step-grandchildren and three great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his son, Kelly J. Specht and his daughter, Sheryl L. Miller.

John, aka Pop, Specky and Ronnie, proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. He held office in New Holland American Legion, Post 662 and Amvets. He worked for the New Holland Boro and then Bilran Excavating in New Holland, taking early retirement to head to the mountains. He worked for several excavating companies in Centre County before finally retiring in 2004. And then his new life began; morning, noon and night, in all kinds of weather, he worked on his property, he and his John Deere tractor were inseparable. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, until the deer became fun to watch. And he loved his dogs, Jeep, Maggie and Misty, how he suffered with each loss.

A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E Main St, New Holland, PA 17557 with Pastor Charles Oberkehr officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery with full military honors.


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Funeral Service
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
221 E Main St
New Holland, PA 17557


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