PITTSBURGH — John J. “Jack” Oravitz, 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Southwestern Veterans Center, in Pittsburgh.

He was born in Shamokin, March 19, 1936, a son of the late John G. and Dorothy (McAnnaney) Oravitz.

He was married to his loving wife, Karen (Lee) Oravitz for 40 years until her passing in 2001.

Oravitz graduated from Coal Township High School, in 1955, and then joined the U.S. Army, beginning a career of service to his country on four continents that spanned five different decades. This included time with the CIA, U.S. Army Reserves and active-duty service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

He worked in Shamokin and Selinsgrove before retiring in 2001.

Jack enjoyed playing pinochle, watching football and spending time with his family and friends. He treasured trips with his family to the Pacific Northwest, California and Myrtle Beach. His four-legged friends, Rio and later Yonko were his constant companions.

Jack is survived by his two children, John Jr. and his wife, Kathy, and Todd and his wife, M’Lisa; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In accordance with Jack’s wishes, all services will be private with interment to be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors.

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