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John J. "Jack" Kearns

Died: Sat., Apr. 13, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 23, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 23, 2019
Location: Turtle Creek

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Wed., Apr. 24, 2019
Location: St. Maurice Church

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Of Forest Hills, age 89, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Beloved husband of the late Margaret K. “Peggy” (Kracunosky) Kearns.

Loving father of Mary Ellen Conley of Wayne, PA, Kathleen Dodaro of Forest Hills, James Kearns of York, John Bradley (Betsy) Kearns of Minneapolis and Sara Ann Kearns of Pittsburgh.

Treasured grandfather of Carolyn, Brian and Andrew Conley; Linda Kulikowski; Richelle (Frank) Buccilli and Alyson Dodaro; Kevin, Claire, and Caroline Kearns; and Emily and Rachel Kearns.

Great-grandfather of Jordan Hines, Zane McMiller, Roman Leo Buccilli and the late Jamie Hines.

Preceded in death by his sisters, Rosemary Balsley, Sara Leukhardt and Patty Egan; and his brothers, Charles, Walter and William Kearns.

Jack is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the School of Mines at the University of Pittsburgh.  He spent his 42-year career at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin. In 2012, Jack was honored to receive the prestigious Kroll Medal from the American Society for Testing and Materials for his important and lifetime work on texture, zirconium and its alloys, and hydrogen embrittlement, solubility and diffusion.

In retirement, Jack volunteered as a Flivver driver in Forest Hills. He enjoyed bowling and golf and was a life-long Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

Above all, Jack was devoted to Peggy and his family, whom he cherished and loved deeply.

Friends are welcome on Tuesday, April 23 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc; Turtle Creek / Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek 412-823-9350.

Mass of Christian Burial will be in St. Maurice Church, Forest Hills, on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00am.

Jack will be laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America, 114 N. Main St., Doylestown, Pa. 18901 or www.dementiasociety.org.




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Jennifer Angelo and Hank Weiss
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
We were so sorry to hear this news. May you find rest and peace.

Susan Bennett
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
Mary Ellen, Kathleen, Jimmy Brad and Sarah and family so sorry for the loss of you father, have so many memories fo our childhood with your family. he will be missed Susan Slusser Bennett

Frank Lorine
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the whole Kearns Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Frank Lorine

barry hyatt
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
I was a Bettis coworker of Jack . He and I had a fine relationship. Jack and I had many a long coversation about life and trials at Bettis !!! May he rest in Peace!!

Laura Kearns
   Posted Tue April 23, 2019

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Bill and Lorie Kearns and family.

With sincere sympathy for your loss, we will always love and miss Uncle Jack. You all are in our prayers and held close in our hearts. Love, the William Kearns family

Scott Copeland
   Posted Tue April 23, 2019
I'm very saddened to hear Mr Kearns passed. My condolences to the family, Mary Ellen, Kathleen, Jimmy, Brad and Sarah.

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