John D. "Jack" Board, 75, of Decorah, a former resident of Chester, W.V. and Toronto, Ohio, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 18, 2013, at home after valiantly battling COPD for many years. Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. His son, John F. Board, minister of the Church of Christ in Elizabethtown, Ky., officiated. Visitation was prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. at Fjelstul Funeral Home, with the service celebrating his life beginning at 4 p.m. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Hymns were "Daddy's Hands," "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus," "Worn" and "Beyond the Sunset."
John David Board was born at home Feb. 15, 1938, in Chester, W.V., the youngest son of Lebert Franklin Board and Victoria Perkins Board.
"Jack" met and married the love of his life, Margaret Naomi Bebout, Dec. 29, 1961, in East Liverpool, Ohio. They were blessed with 51 ½ years together. He was the proud father of three children: Jackie (Steve) Harless of Decorah, John (Brenna) Board of Elizabethtown, Ky. and Peggy Sue (David) Hinds of Pacifica, Calif.
A veteran of the Army, John served his country in France from 1961-1963 as a chauffeur to the colonel. Upon returning home he resumed employment at Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill in Aliquippa, Pa., "retiring" as an electrician motor inspector. He then worked as an electrician at Homer Laughlin China for 10 years, and finally retired after eight years as a beloved door-greeter at Sam's Club in Robinson Center Township, Pa. He was a faithful member of the Virginia Ave. Church of Christ in Chester, W.V. and served the congregation as a greeter, making people smile for over 20 years. Jack was always committed to community service and helping others. He served as president of the Chester Lions Club, and was named Lion of the Year multiple times. He was a Boy Scout Webelos leader and he served as vice-president of the Oak Glen Band Boosters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He loved parades and making people smile, and was known as "the real Santa Claus" according to many local children. He performed with the Hancock County Burial Group and Logan's Raiders and the Lions Club Keystone Cops. The Board family wishes to thank all who shared Jack's life and the many kind caregivers with the WMC Hospice, who helped care for him along with his devoted wife. His love, compassion and sense of humor were as big as the man.
He is survived by eight grandchildren: Zack (Amelia) Harless, Luke (Alexandra) Harless, and Nick (Elise) Harless all of Decorah; Kayleigh and Emaleigh Board, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; and John Stephen, Will and Maggie Rose Hinds of Pacifica, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren; Hayden Harless, Farrah and Leo Harless, all of Decorah.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances (Frank) Laughlin; and two brothers, Lebert W. (Suzanne) Board, and James C. (Jean) Board.