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John Soutner Jr.

John Paul Soutner Jr., 62, of Mechanicsburg, PA passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2016 at his home. He was born February 15, 1954 in Harrisburg, PA to the late John Paul Soutner Sr. and the late Pauline Blazer  Soutner.

John graduated high school in 1972 from Bishop McDevitt where he was a star athlete in basketball and football.  John was a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame earning a bachelor’s degree in business management. As a member of the Fighting Irish football team, he played strong safety and was a participant on the Notre Dame 1973 National Championship Team. John worked for several companies over the years primarily engaged in the warehousing industry, which allowed him to visit multiple parts of the country including Pennsylvania, California and Florida.  In addition to watching his beloved Irish, family time was a very important part of John’s life.  He dearly loved his family, especially his five grandchildren.  An avid animal lover, John enjoyed working with his wife Peggy Sue in running their business, Woof Woof Castle.  John will be missed by family and friends alike.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Peggy Sue (Ruby) Soutner of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Brandy (Scott) Markovich of Guilford, CT and Lauren Migelle (Chad) Fuller of State College, PA; five grandchildren, Logan and Caden  Markovich and Sloan, Cole, and Avery Fuller. Also surviving are his siblings, Susan (Marty) Goodhart of Alexandria, VA, Steven Soutner of Naples, FL and Joni Song of Mechanicsburg, PA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a place and time announced by the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in John’s memory to the Cancer Research Institute ( www.cancerresearch.org ) or Speranza Animal Rescue (www.speranzarescue.org), 1216 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065.  Please visit www.hollingerfuneralhome.com for condolences to the family.

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Peggy Sue, I'm deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. He will be missed by all that knew him. John was a gentle sweet soul that I always looked forward to seeing each time I came with Stanley. His love of animals was unmistakable and the great ball games he provided, always made Stanley's stay at Woof Woof Castle an enjoyable one. I will always be here to support you and I can not imagine how difficult this must be for you. My deepest sympathies my friend. I love you. 0x0x0x0xx0

Jean Giesswein Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences to John's family, sorry to hear about his passing! John was a good guy. He was very nice to me when we were coworkers, always saying hi and asking how I was and always willing to lend a hand when you needed it. John will be missed and he was one of a kind!

Kody Bream Dec 1 2016 12:00 AM

Our love and prayers to you Peggy Sue.  You will always be in our thoughts and we are always, always here for you.  John we love you.  love linda and angel.

linda & angel Dec 1 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing and want to send our prayers and love to you all.

Norma, Stephen, Libby and Charlotte Frame Dec 1 2016 12:00 AM

Peggy Sue, We just wanted to let you know how saddened we were to hear about John's passing. We know how difficult these past few weeks have been for you & the family.  It was so heartwarming to hear about the special time you had on Thanksgiving Day with everyone. Our prayers, love and sympathies for you and your family during the coming weeks. Love, Aleta & Joe Pigliacampo

Aleta & Joe Pigliacampo Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Peggy Sue, I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family over the loss of your husband.  Although I only met John briefly once or twice, I know he was your helper and rock and that you loved each other very much.  May you find comfort in knowing that you gave him all the support and courage that anyone could possibly give, and that he knew and appreciated what you did for him.  You are an extraordinary person and friend, and I offer you my support and love during this very difficult time. Love, Naomi

Naomi Heck Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

Peggy Sue , Praying that your heart be lifted by the loving thoughts that are with you. With deepest Sympathy and Love

Jennifer, Jeff , Marley and Lily Jellick Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

I wanted to share my condolences with the Soutner family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3,4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Currine Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you John for allowing me to be a part of your journey. I will miss you. Peggy Sue, you are an amazing person and I am deeply sorry for your loss.  I know how great of a loss this is.

"Celtic" Pam Nov 29 2016 12:00 AM