John P. Husvar

Born: Fri., Dec. 27, 1946
Died: Wed., Dec. 22, 2010

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John Paul Husvar passed to the next life on the evening of December 22, 2010, after a brief second battle with lung cancer. He was born December 27, 1946 in Martin's Ferry, a son of the late John W. and Janice (Chippi) Husvar. John attended New Baltimore Community Church. He was a volunteer during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps but was only able to serve six weeks before receiving a medical discharge. He worked in many roles in his life; blacksmith, business owner, wheelchair technician, industrial crane engineer, as well as other technical endeavors. He was a lifetime learner, having accumulated over 175 hours towards a degree at Kent State University from 1976 to the mid 1990's. He was an avid reader, an active thinker, and a Renaissance man in every sense of the word. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda J. (Aschcraft) Husvar; son, Jerod; daughter Ruth; and six grandchildren, Samantha, Mikayla, Hadley, Caulin, Chloe, and Johnna Marie; sister, Janice; niece, Elaina; as well as many cousins who reside in Texas. He also leaves behind his very special friends, Kim and Kathy George, and their daughter, Theresa George Prince. Three cats also greatly miss his love. His wished were to be cremated and his ashes will be spread on his sister's farm in Texas, as well as launched on the Viking Ship Ceremony at the Great Pennsic War in Slippery Rock, PA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either your local branch of The Society for Creative Anachronism ( or the National MS Society ( John loved the SCA and was helped many times by the NMSS. In lieu of tears and sadness, raise a toast in his honor and remember that he will no longer be in the pain that has plagued him for so long.

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Janice Husvar Sanchez
   Posted Thu December 23, 2010
He will be sadly missed by his Texas family, including sister, Jan, brother-in-law, Johnny, niece Elaina, and nephew John Mason.

Sally Burnell
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
I knew John through the Society for Creative Anachronism, where we knew him as Lord Johann Wagenfahrer the Cripple, blacksmith, merchant, archer and friend to all who met him. We became almost instant dear friends, spent many an hour in each other's company talking, laughing, learning and just having an all around good time. I will miss his friendship, seeing him at his corner tent at the Great Pennsic War where he merchanted blacksmithing, and I will miss spending time with him as well. He was a friend to many, generous to all who met him, willing to share his craft with all who showed an interest and always ready to repair anything that needed his touch. May the sun shine eternally on him in the next world, and may he be free from the pain that plagued him for far too many years. Johann, my friend, I raise a glass to you and wish you the best wherever you are. Farewell, my friend, I will miss you forever. To those who are left behind, John, aka Johann, was a much loved man and I want you to know that he touched many, many lives in his time here. I send my sincerest condolences on the loss of a man loved by so many and who had more friends than he probably ever knew. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May your holiday season not be dimmed by this loss, but rather, brightened knowing that the one to whom we all now say goodbye has left an indelible mark on this world. He will not be forgotten. The love we all feel for him will keep him alive in our hearts forever.

Cat Vaughan
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
My deepest sympathies are extended to the Husvar family.

Bonnie Knapp
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
John eventhough we haven't talked in awhile, you will be sadly missed. I remember growing up down the road from you. I remember helping take care of your horses and watching Jerod and Ruthie grow up. Jerod, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anibal Torres
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
My sincerest sympathies and condolences to the Husvar family. My heart goes out to you and you will be in my prayers.

Doug Bartlow
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
The short time i spent with Mr.H. working at his sons business was a time i will never forget.He taught me alot about life, music, and of course cars.

Marsha Thompson-Landin
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
You will be in my thoughts and prayers with the loss of a dearly loved one. As I sit with my family this holiday season, I will toast my wine glass to all of those that have went to heaven and lefted wonderful memories for all us to share. Please except my sympathy and condolences.

Mary Mamay Newcombe
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you Linda, Ruthie and Jarod. I have know Buz and Linda since grade school and Dan and I enjoyed many visits with them.Dan and Buz were similar in so many ways. Always learning and wanting to know more. I will miss his voice when I call.

Melissa Young
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
With my prayers for continued strength and peace, I leave you with this poem, to celebrate this wonderful man that this world and so many lives were graced with.

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jerod Husvar
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
I miss ya, dad, but I'm glad you're free of the pains of this mortal world. I wrote your obituary, and I hope you'll know it for the tribute to my love for you that it is. I think I covered it all, and didn't use one bad word. :)

   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
John, I'll miss you around that cyber-campfire amigo and we welcome you back to Texas.

Who knows, maybe we'll meet in the halls of Valhalla someday.


Joan Carter
   Posted Fri December 24, 2010
I did not know John personally but "met" him through the MS online support group. He always came across as a mature man with lots of knowledge and support. I am certain he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joan Carter, Perth, ON

Andy Vida
   Posted Sat December 25, 2010
I am sad for myself and those whom he left behind. Sad at the sense of loss of value he represented to us. At the same time I am glad for John because I know he struggled with pain since I have known him.

While I cannot claim to know with certainty what becomes of us when we leave this life, I have seen enough of the world to have become suspicious of appearances. There is so much strangeness and wide-eyed wonder here, and much of it has left me with a profound impression of impishness - a humor and prank-laden glint suggesting laughter and all it implies that there is far and away more to all of this than meets the casual eye. This suspicion, this almost sixth-sense impression, has helped me come to terms with, if not entirely conquer, the one thought, the one possible prospect that has filled me with untold sadness and horror in years past: that I would never again see the people whom I dearly love and who are now gone from me. My grandma, great aunt, my beloved sister Laura, and everyone else whose presence made my life better than just good. I cannot say for certain that we will see our loved ones again, but I do hold the gnawing suspicion that it shall be so if this be our desire.

So grieve as needs ye, but no more and no less. Know ye that the love thou hast shared with, and doth yet feel for the Departed hath not been lost in even the smallest grain. Rest ye in comfort of the knowledge that at the time of thine own graduation, again shall ye come together with all who hath passed before thee. For then shall thy joy be reborn as thou returnest to the bosom of thy beloved circle. Look ye then forward to that time with joy in thy heart and a light in thine eyes.

Go in peace and may'st Thou know Beauty.

Ed SMith
   Posted Sat December 25, 2010
I did not know john, but of John, In my short time smithing, His name was mentioned often, the Anvil will ring in his Honor in my shop, may your spirit stay with all smiths, and may you now now hit steel with no heats !

Joseph Roa
   Posted Sun December 26, 2010
Jerod, we have indeed lost a great man. I met the two of you through the Society, and I will always remember the times around the fire and the passing of a bottle with the stories that followed. The look in his eyes when someone brought a difficult repair to his shop at pennsic and the way he would not accept pay if he thought you couldn't afford it.

He was my friend and my mentor.

Johan I'll see you at the rally point.

John Jacobs
   Posted Mon December 27, 2010
John was my patient and as I think back on him, I have to say that "he was a fun patient". And he was a GENTLE man. Lots of problems, not much complaint.

I have not seen John for many years, but I miss him, knowing that he is gone from here.

Erin Deal
   Posted Mon December 27, 2010
Johann, for that was the only name I ever knew him by, just as Erin is the only name he knew me by, will be greatly missed. I always found him to be kind and warm hearted. The world is a lesser place with out him, and I am grateful to have known him. May his spirit live on in the lives he touched.

My warmest thoughts for his close friends and family


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