John R. Balitchik, 50, of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at Hershey Medical Center. Born in Shamokin, he was the son of Robert Balitchik and the late Rose Ann (Volanoski) Balitchik. He is survived by his wife, Lara (Bruner) Balitchik, with whom he recently celebrated seven years of marriage.

John was a 1988 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University, and worked as a corrections officer at SCI Camp Hill. John also worked part-time as a parking lot supervisor at Hershey Park for the past seven years. In addition to his above achievements, John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

John liked to watch the Yankees and Cowboys play, and was very into politics. His love for all animals was clear to anyone who knew him. He will be very much missed by his dog and four cats.

In addition to his wife and father, John is survived by a step-son, Joshua Logan, of York, step-mother, Sue Balitchik, and brother, Michael Balitchik, both of Kulpmont.

A graveside service with full military honors and DOC honors will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Palmyra. 717-838-9211

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