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John Lynn Service
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John Lynn Service, a precious child of God, went home to be with his Lord, Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was the son of Jane Marye Lynn Service, USMC, WWII and Emile Arnold Service, US Army, WWII. John is survived by his loving wife Susan Service, daughter of Leland and Joan Williams and His siblings Nancy "Penny", Charlie and Monty. He grew up in Ardmore, Pa., and graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1971. John graduated in 1974 with a BA in Criminology and English,magna cum laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was an outstanding writer! John had a long career working as a Program Analyst for the United States Air Force and survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Early in his professional life, John came to know Jesus Christ as his personal savior and Lord. God used a special man named Billy D. who had many physical restrictions. Though severely disabled, John noticed how Billy still loved and praised Jesus - this gave John the desire to know the same God that Billy loved.

John, along with his wife Susan, was active in various ways with Faith E. P. C. church. He and Susan enjoyed studying the word of God in the Fellowship Bible study for many years. Many dear friends from that Bible study have encouraged and shaped John's life.

One of John's favorite charitable endeavors was donating blood platelets with INOVA Blood Donors. He donated an incredible 120+ units of platelets and whole blood.

After retirement, John spent two school years at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, Va. helping second graders learn to read, and the children loved him!

John took great joy in watching the Washington Nationals play baseball. He also actively participated playing in various teams and softball leagues both before and after retirement.

John has always been supported with warm and loving brothers and sisters and their families. Additionally, he loved his mother-in-law, Joan Williams, as if she were his own. John truly enjoyed traveling to Punxsutawney, Pa. to visit with Susan's family. He also fondly spent time visiting his Aunt Bonnie Samuel and her daughter Lynn Pace and family in Norfolk, Va. All the various members of his family and extended family had a wonderful impact on his life. John knew that he was accepted, loved and cared for by all members of his family.

Although his journey on this Earth has ended, John is now completely healed from the recent strokes he suffered from. He was most grateful of the love, friendship and kindnesses shown to him from friends and neighbors in his Northern Virginia community. We know he was thankful for your presence in his life. John is now in the presence of the Lord God, Almighty.

In lieu of flowers, if able, please consider donating blood or give to a local charity such as the Koinonia Foundation, 6037 Franconia Road, Franconia (Alexandria), Va. 22320.

A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church - 5725 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, Va. 22315.

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