John Paul Espy III, 50, of Tyrone, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

Born in Altoona, Blair County, Dec. 5, 1970, he was a son of the late J. Paul Jr. and Barbara (McCloskey) Espy. He married the former Amy Smith Jan. 15, 2005, at the Water Street Church. Mrs. Espy survives.

He is also survived by three children, Tessa, John Paul IV and Lexi Espy.

One sister, Jamie (Espy) McGlaughlin and husband, Thomas, of Elizabethtown; nephews, Derek and Alek McGlaughlin, one aunt, Connie Espy, numerous cousins, including Fred and Ethan Espy, and his right hand man Russell Hamer, also survive.

He was preceded in death by two uncles, Joseph L. McCloskey and Herman Espy.

Mr. Espy was a member of the Lower Spruce Presbyterian Creek Church.

He was also a member of the Shriners, and a lifelong supporter of the FFA and 4-H Club.

Mr. Espy was a 1988 graduate of Juniata Valley High School.

After high school, he attended Clarion University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in business.

He was a self-employed farmer and owner of Espy Transport LLC.

He loved being on the farm, teaching his children about farming, playing football, hunting and camping without electricity at the cabin with his family.

Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. at Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Private service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Espy’s memory may be made to the Blue Juniata FFA or the Juniata Valley Football Boosters at 7775 Juniata Valley Pike, P.O. Box 318, Alexandria, PA 16611.

Arrangements are under the care of the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc.

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