John Scrip

October 8, 1929 - March 3, 2024

On Sunday, March 3, 2024 we lost our father, grandfather and best friend, John Scrip. We were blessed to have him in our lives and to love him for 94 years. John was born on October 8, 1929, in Palmerton, PA as the youngest of five children born to Ukrainian immigrants. 

At age 17 he joined the US Army, (with his father's consent), and spent the next 40+ years serving in the military. John was a member of one of the first American units deployed to the Korean war in 1950. He was wounded in action, receiving the Order of the Purple Heart. This was only one of several military citations he earned in his distinguished career.

Upon returning to the states, John was stationed at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah where he met his future wife of 68 years, Giancarla Sansoni (Carla), who was visiting her sister from Italy. As the story goes, it was love at first sight as they were married two weeks later on September 1, 1952, despite the fact that they didn't even know how to speak each other's language.

In 1960, they adopted their daughter Camille and added their son Michael the very next year, also through adoption. In 1994 and 1996 they became grandparents to Joshua and Sierra. That was a role they both cherished.

Carla passed away in 2020 after a series of health issues. John lovingly cared for her and was by her side until the end. 

John leaves behind his children Camille (Dannee) and Michael, grandchildren children Joshua and Sierra, and nephew Gary (Carolyn) Badger of Texas. He also leaves behind an endearing legacy of kindness and generosity. John is already missed by those blessed to know him. 

We will celebrate John’s life on Thursday, March 14 from 6 - 8 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Millcreek. Guests are encouraged to park on the north side of the building. He will be laid to rest in a private family burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.