Lieutenant Colonel John C. Intravia, US Army, Retired, fought bravely but lost his relentless battle to multiple melanoma in Chambersburg Hospital on April 11, 2020, at the age of 63. He was a resident of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania at the time of his death.
In 1956 John was born in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Serfino “Flick” and Louise (James) Intravia. He graduated from Pattonville High School, Maryland Heights, Missouri in 1975 then enlisted in the US Army Infantry. He was stationed in Louisiana and Germany. After his Honorable discharge in 1979 he worked in security positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis while he attended college. He received his AA from St. Louis Community College in 1987 and BS from Columbia College in 1992. He was accepted as an Officer candidate in the Missouri National Guard and Commissioned into the MP Corps in 1988 where he was a Platoon Leader and Commander. He deployed to SHAPE Belgium for Operation Desert Storm, Panama for Operation Just Cause and in 1993 mobilized for the Missouri floods. In 1995 John was accepted to active duty in the US Army Guard Reserve program. His duty assignments included Training and Operations Officer, Deputy Commander, Mobilizations and Plans Officer, Military Police Battle Staff Officer and Safety Manager. He served in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Germany, US Army Reserve Command and US Forces Command in Georgia, Iraq and Kuwait. He retired from the Army on October 1, 2010 with 20 years of Active Duty and over 8 years of Reserve/National Guard Service. John was revered by his soldiers because of his genuine concern for their welfare. His motto was "Of the Troops, For the Troops".
John was always athletic and competitive. In his younger years he played football, soccer, softball and participated in wrestling, martial arts and combat pistol competitions. In later life he took up golfing. He used his quick wit and slightly off-color sense of humor to make people laugh. He loved to host barbecues, pig roasts and pool parties where he could show off his culinary and his bartender skills.
John is survived by Alison, his wife and “right arm” for the past 23 years, sisters Pat Jennings and her husband Jack Jennings, MaryAnn Barr and Carol Menard. Brother Mike and his wife Patti, brother and best buddy Joe and his partner Kathy Nollau, and John’s lifelong friend and “honorary Intravia brother” Bill Walters. John has three adult children, who sadly chose not to be a part of his life, and five grandchildren who will never know him.
There will be no service at this time. John will be laid to rest at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He will receive a funeral service with full Military Honors after the current health crisis has been resolved. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or donate on-line at http://www.dav.org/donate, or by phone 859-442-1340.
A special thank you to John’s Oncologist, Radiologist, nurses, Chaplain, staff and volunteers at John R Marsh Cancer Center, Hagerstown, MD. His Oncologist at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD. The ER and in-patient staff at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, MD, and Chambersburg Hospital, PA, and all the local First Responders who answered the 911 call on April 11, 2020.
"The Soldiers" Psalm 91
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