Jack Arnold Loya
Jack A. Loya, 78, of Schellsburg, died Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Rest Assured Residental Living, Meyersdale. Mr. Loya was born in Johnstown on December 26, 1940, son of the late John and Lucille (Gillen) Loya. On June 26, 1969 Jack married Mary (Hinzman) Loya in Fairmont, WV. In addition to his wife he is survived by Son- Lane husband of Amy Loya, Hollidaysburg; Son- Lance husband of Rachel Loya, Orlando, FL; Daughter- Lora wife of Matthew Puffenberger; Son- Landon husband of Kala Loya, Salisbury, PA; Son-in-law William Phillips, Cumberland; Close family friend Phil husband of Wanda Rimmer, Tyrone; Sister-in-law Jean Hinzman of Fairmont, WV; Sister- Dianne Sikurinec, Johnstown; Grandchildren Ivy Loya, Violet Loya, Laken Loya, Lakota Loya, Braden Puffenberger, Brent Puffenberger, Gerrit Puffenberger, Ryan Rimmer and Baby Loya on the way. Jack is preceded in death by his Daughter Lana Phillips. He was a 1958 graduate of Franklin High School, Johnstown. He then attended Clarion State College where he was a 4 year member of the Clarion Football team and was nicknamed "Iron Man" because he was a three way starter- offensive and defensive end, and punter. Jack later earned his Master's degree from West Virginia University. Jack retired from Conemaugh Valley High School Johnstown, PA. where he was a Health and Physical Education Teacher. He also taught at Gallitzin High, Delmar High School, Barrackville High School and worked in the A/V department at Baltimore Community College as well as Fredrick Community College. Jack loved basketball of any kind, especially watching games with his family and playing pick-up games with his friends at the Roaring Spring YMCA. Jack's passion for basketball led him to an amazing coaching career. He was the head coach at Gallitzin High, Delmar High, Frederick Community College, Barrackville High, Shanksville High, Mount Aloysius College, Cambria County Area Community College, and most recently North Star High School from 2005-2011 where his team won multiple District V titles. Jack also served as an assistant coach at Pitt-Johnstown, Seton Hill College, and Penn Highlands Community College. Jack had a great passion for basketball that lead him to winning over 50 basketball shooting awards in his life, including the senior Keystone Games. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Baltimore, PA. Jack was the former owner/operator of the Ship Hotel, and he also ran the "Loya Camp of Aggression" Summer Basketball Camp in Johnstown, PA. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and watching them in their various activities. Most of all Jack loved spending time and traveling with his wife Mary. Friends will be received on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 5-8 P.M. at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Baltimore at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with Father Mark Pattock- Celebrant. Committal Service will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Conemaugh. Online condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneral.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg.
Published on October 3, 2019


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Aryn Coleman
Oct 31, 2019
Mr Loya was was PE and health teacher at CV. He was more than a gym teacher he was one of the few teachers that you could actually talk to about things other than school. He hooked me up with gym passes during study halls so I could work on my basketball game and for that I will always be truly grateful. RIP Mr. Loya
Oct 07, 2019
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Barry Rosko
Oct 07, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was happy to be part of your basketball family. Jack was a good man and will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Oct 06, 2019
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Linda Westover
Oct 05, 2019
This fine man gave me my first kiss at the age of 16. We dated 1966-1967. I loved riding in his red and white convertible. I ended our relationship in 1967 as he wanted to get married and I was only 17 at the time. He was 27. Awesome man. Filled my heart with much happiness. Wore his football cleat on a chain around my neck. Condolences to his family. 💙💙
Benny BRITT & Family Send our Deepest/ Sympathy/Condolence.
Oct 05, 2019
Jack , was a True~Spirited Man & he knew My Uncle Moses Gray & Uncle RALPH Gray the all played together on those Great Conemaugh & Franklin High~School teams. Last time that I Seen Jack he said, he was still teaching Basketball 🏀 @ Seton-Hill in Greensburg, PA. I know he 💕 the game of Basketball & I know her served with PASSION & Flavor. I thank God for people like him. A True GOD-Send ! I know their is a Special place in HEAVEN FOR HIM...,
Barb Karalfa
Oct 05, 2019
Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to you Lance, Rachel, Laken, Lakota and the Loya Family. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray for God's healing touch on all. 🙏❤
Oct 04, 2019
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John Babyak
Oct 04, 2019
I am so very sad and sorry to hear that Jack passed away. Jack and I were good friends in Clarion and after graduation we spent many happy times together. We lived together for a coupleof summers while in WVU Graduate School. Jack was in my wedding in Clarksburg, WV. I was with Jack when he first met Mary in Morgantown, WV. I went to their
wedding in Fairmont, WV.
We had many good times cruising in his convertibles. Jack was a great
basketball coach. He was a star football player at Clarion number 81. I still remember our families together on the
river in his boat. When he owned the Ship Hotel I can still see him clubbing that bear back across the highway into
the cage
.... Jack was always such a helpful, positive guy that was always willing to try anything. He was a good
“buddy”. I know he will be sadly missed by his wonderful family.
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