Calling Hours:
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Funeral Service:
Friday, November 10, 2017, 2:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Randy Ritchie, officiating
Pastor of Oak Grove Church

Greenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors
at the conclusion of the service.

Inurnment will be private in Shenango Valley Cemetery

John Phillip Dawes , of 259 East Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania  passed away November 6, 2017 at age 79.

John was born October 19, 1938 to John E. and Phyllis Dawes.  He lived in Orangeville, Ohio until he was 5 years old when the family moved to Greenville, Pennsylvania.

He graduated with the (Greenville) Penn High School Class of 1956.  He attended New Mexico State University and graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He served in the U.S. Army, stationed  in Korea as a chaplain’s assistant.  He later received a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.  He pastored a church in Cisco, Texas where he was licensed and ordained in the Southern Baptist Convention.

On August 5th,  1960 he married  Ardath Meints  in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She survives at home.

John was self employed as an accountant and tax preparer at Dawes Tax Service in his home.  He used his accounting skills as treasurer of the national Dawes Association, Missionaries of Purity, Class of 1956 Alumni, and for over 25 years for the Greenville Kiwanis Club.  He was a past president of Kiwanis and Greenville Little League.

Through the years he taught Sunday School classes, worked with GRASP, a youth outreach program, led Bible Studies and small groups, and served as deacon.  He was currently a member of Oak Grove Church in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

In the last year and a half he battled many serious illnesses and setbacks, spending most of the time in hospitals and rehab facilities.  He saw this as time to understand the meaning of suffering, grow in his faith and share it with roommates and staff always expressing his appreciation for their care for him.

John and Ardath were the parents of David and wife Dorothy of Arlington, Texas,  Andrew of Greenville who passed away in January 2017, Mark and wife Beth of Sharon, PA., Elaine and husband Jeff Darville, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania and Grandparents of Lindsey Dawes of Arlington, Texas;  Alex Dawes of Greenville, Amanda Dawes Morus of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth and Michael Darville of Cranberry Township. He is survived by a brother Dennis Dawes of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Andrew Dawes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Oak Grove Church, 10 Oak Grove Mercer, PA 16137.



  1. Connie Swartz and family Connie Swartz and family
    November 8, 2017    

    Thinking of the family at this time husband dad grandfather did my family taxes for a few years praying for gods comfort for you at this time

  2. Betty Rhodes Betty Rhodes
    November 8, 2017    

    Sorry to hear about your father, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Jimmy sorber Jimmy sorber
    November 8, 2017    

    Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss. You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your father was a a good, honest man. I still have a half a bucket of baseballs and a few bats that Mr. Dawes gave me 35 years ago when I played for Dawes lumber. I pray for strength for your family.

  4. Andy Grover Andy Grover
    November 8, 2017    

    I was saddened to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of John ever since I encountered him taking a summer computer class from me at Thiel. He impressed me as an inquisitive soul and lifelong learner and enjoyed our occasional interactions (often discussing computer related developments) over the years.

  5. Chuck & Liz Bolster Chuck & Liz Bolster
    November 8, 2017    

    Ardath & family, We would like to convey our condolences to you at this difficult time. Phil was a good friend with whom we shared many memories. He is finally free from all his suffering. May he rest in eternal peace.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    November 8, 2017    

    ~Aradeth, Dave, Dorothy & Lindsey~

    We are sorry for your loss.

    Larry Leonard, Tracy Leonard, Barry Carter, Juan Sanchez

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    November 8, 2017    

    I send my thoughts and prayers to John’s family and his many friends. My memory is of the strength he showed when talking with everyone at our class picnic this past summer at a time when he was very ill. He was a kind and thoughtful man and is now at peace.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous
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  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    November 9, 2017    

    Mrs Dawes and Family,,,
    Our family extends our thoughts to you all for John‚Äôs passing,,,,We knew him from little league and doing our taxes… your family must have a lot of nice memories as John was always so kind and nice to everyone he crossed paths with,,, Again our condolences,,,,,,

  10. Anonymous Anonymous
    November 9, 2017    

    My prayers and condolences to you Ardath and family. John and I were school mates for twelve years and I always thought highly of him. After much pain and suffering which revealed the strength of his belief of his God he will be richly rewarded and in peace.

  11. Shirley and Gabriel Featsent Shirley and Gabriel Featsent
    November 9, 2017    

    You both were two of my favorite people in our church, your thoughtful show everyone that Jesus wanted us all that way. John lived his life loving and helping those whom came in contact with. Rest in peace my dear friend, I’ll seer you again one day.
    Love always

  12. Todd and Audrey Martin Todd and Audrey Martin
    November 9, 2017    

    Thoughts and prayers for the whole family in this difficult time. Love y’all.

  13. Jason & Carrie Swift Jason & Carrie Swift
    November 9, 2017    

    Mark, Beth, and family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dan and Tracey Schaaf and Family Dan and Tracey Schaaf and Family
    November 10, 2017    

    To the entire Dawes Family,
    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May God grant you all peace and comfort during these challenging times. In our thoughts and prayers!

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