Posted: Fri 12:37 PM, Oct 18, 2013
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
John Richard Padden, Jr. passed away on October 17, 2013 at his home in Vienna, West Virginia.
John (Jack) was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on September 12, 1924, a son of the late John R. and Katherine Cartwright Padden.
The family became residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia in the mid 1930’s where he received his early schooling. He attended Parkersburg High School, West Virginia University and the University of Notre Dame. Jack was a member of Saint Margaret Mary’s Parish where he was a lector for many years. He served as a fighter pilot and flight instructor in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was President and owner of Reagle and Padden Insurance Agency until his retirement in 2008. He was a member and past President of the Parkersburg Serra Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus and past President of the Parkersburg Country Club. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Parkersburg Art Center.
Jack is survived by his wife of sixty four years, Lois Jackley Padden; eight children: John R. III (Megan), Allison C. Maher (Art), William A. (Jane), David C. (Sherrie), Sarah E., Ann M. Riendeau (Sylvain), Matthew J. (Pamela Eliopulos), Andrew J.; thirteen grandchildren: Lindsay, John, Joseph, Anthony, William, Connor, Leah, Jill, Elyse, Jean-Luc, Eleni, Preston and Emma and two great grandchildren: Alexa and Kayleigh. Jack is also survived by two sisters, Patricia Davis of Painesville, Ohio and Kathleen Padden of the Ursuline Sisters-Toledo, Ohio and his brother M/Gen (Ret) USAF Maurice C. Padden (Janice) of Tampa, Florida.
A mass in celebration of Jack’s life will be held 11:00 am Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Saint Margaret Mary Church. The family will receive friends in the vestibule of the Church one hour prior to the celebration mass.
The members of Jack’s family wish to express their deep gratitude to all of those who so compassionately cared for him during his illness.
Memorials in Jack’s memory may be made to the Saint Margaret Mary Church, The University of Notre Dame student loan fund or the Parkersburg Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting LeavittFuneralHome.com