John Peter Kresky died on January 15, 2021 after a brief illness. John was born on August 3, 1928 to parents Peter and Sophia Kresky in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of seven children.
John's parents immigrated from Poland and he cultivated many Polish traditions (he went to Baltimore every Christmas and Easter for authentic Polish food).
John remembered many lean times in school when World War II had started. He remembered hearing the news and interpreting for his parents because they had three sons and a son-in-law in the military.
John graduated from high school in 1949 and remembered that it was difficult to find employment as the war was over and jobs were scarce due to the return of GIs. He tried to enroll in the US Army but failed physically.
He began his professional career in a factory and a silk mill. When the hours were shortened due to the Korean War, John decided to join the Air Force in 1950 and was able to pass the physical exam. He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954. During this time he volunteered in Korea and Libya, but was instead stationed in England. He enjoyed his time in England, except for the weather. While he was stationed there, he was able to travel around Europe and enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing their way of life.
After leaving the Air Force and enacting the GI Act, John took the opportunity to enroll in college. He earned a BS in accounting from the University of Scranton in 1957. John graduated in three years because he was eight years older and probably more motivated than his classmates.
While at the University of Scranton, John met his future bride Jane Gibson on a blind date. As proof that opposites attract, they married on August 23, 1958. They moved to Maryland, where John continued his career and Jane taught elementary school. While living in Brandywine, Md., Their daughter Ellen was born in 1962 and Jane left her teaching job. John Jr. (1963), David (1966) and Suzanne (1967) soon followed to complete their family. With their growing family, they moved to Derwood, Md., Where they lived for many years. During their stay in Maryland, the family enjoyed many Pennsylvania camping trips.
John joined the General Accounting Office in 1957 before moving to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1963. His work at AEC has been very rewarding and he has been promoted to Head of Data Processing Evaluation and Control. AEC eventually became the Department of Energy (DOE). He retired from DOE in 1979.
After John retired, the family moved to Gettysburg in 1981. Although he was retiring, he worked in his garden and enjoyed sitting by the pond. During this time, John helped his sons set up a landscaping company. The business went through many changes and eventually became a home builder. However, his favorite job during his preschool years was working on a dairy farm and enjoying the hard work and the sights and smells of the farm.
During his retirement, John and Jane took the opportunity to visit their children in various locations in the United States. They also had the opportunity to revisit the places John visited while serving, both domestically and internationally.
John was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Rotary. John was a devout Christian and was known to be a hardworking, honest, and wise person.
John was preceded in death by his parents and all but one of his siblings (Joe). He is survived by his 62-year-old wife Jane; their children Ellen (George), John (Kara), Dave (Kelly) and Suzanne (Brad); Grandchildren, Julia, Jack, Ryan, Grace, Austin (Sam), Kyle, and Christopher; Great-grandchildren, Ameila and Annabeth Jane; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are not currently being held. The family is planning a summer memorial so friends and family can gather together.