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Dr. John S. Karduck

December 26, 1949 July 1, 2022
Dr. John S. Karduck
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Karduck, Dr. John S. - 72 of Portage, passed away July 1, 2022 in Pittsburgh, with his family at his side. Son of John and Margaret (Petrunak) Karduck, he was born on December 26, 1949 in Johnstown. He is preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his brother Martin Karduck and wife Shirley (Weakland) of Boalsburg and his nephews: Daniel Karduck and wife Laura (Verne) of Harrisburg, Scott Karduck and Fiance’ Dr. Meghan McDoniel of State College and Lieutenant Craig Karduck and wife Lauren (Tramontano) of Kingsville, TX.

John was class president at Portage Area High School, where he graduated in 1967. He continued his academics at The University of Pittsburgh and Pitt Medical School, where earned his medical degree in 1975. He started his own private practice in Portage, where he served the community as a primary care physician for decades. Later in his career, he was an ER physician at hospitals throughout the region. Most recently he was a faculty member at St. Francis University where he taught in the Department of Physician Assistant Science.

Professionally John had two great passions: medicine and teaching. Early in his career he was instrumental in establishing the paramedic program in our region. The very first paramedic class proved the value of the program by saving lives in the devastating 1977 Johnstown Flood. John remained active in the first response system for decades through various roles, becoming the medical director of the Portage Area Ambulance Association, charter member of the National Association of EMS Educators, Chairman of the PA chapter of the American Heart Association, instructor of BLS, PALS, ACLS. At one time, he was an active medical director of over 30 EMS throughout several counties and the list goes on.

In his personal life, John loved the arts and theater. He enjoyed music and literature. He supported his community through his various philanthropic giving. Of his greatest loves were his nephews, Daniel, Scott, and Craig and all of his students.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 8 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc in Portage. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 10 AM at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto, Fr. Thomas Stabile, Celebrant. Committal will be held at St. Mary Cemetery in Portage.

Per request of the Karduck Family and due to the rise in Covid cases: Masks are mandatory for and at all events. Please no hugging or shaking of hands.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. John Karduck Scholarship, C/O Saint Francis University, Office of Advancement, PO Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940 or For more information see: On-line condolences may be made at
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2:00 PM 7/6/2022 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/6/2022 8:00:00 PM
Decort Funeral Home

532 Main Street
Portage, PA 15946

Decort Funeral Home
532 Main Street Portage 15946 PA
United States





10:00 AM 7/7/2022 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/7/2022 11:00:00 AM
St. Michael Basilica

Fourth Street
Loretto, PA 15940

St. Michael Basilica
Fourth Street Loretto 15940 PA
United States

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St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cemetery Road
Portage, PA 15946

Cemetery Road Portage 15946 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Dr. John Karduck Scholarship

PO BOX 600
Loretto, PA 15940

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