Jack Kestler Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is a memorial to John E. “Jack” Kestler, who graduated from Johnsonburg High School and enlisted and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He participated in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. He was captured by the Germans and held as a prisoner of war for nearly nine months before being liberated by the Russians. He was discharged as a staff sergeant after three and a half years of service. He was a member of the 507 Airborne Association, which he was active with until his death. Following his military service, he worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill for 33 years. Until his retirement, he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture with the school lunch programs. Always active in the community, Jack had been employed by the county of Elk for more than 27 years, serving as county treasurer for 19 years and eight years as auditor. He enjoyed politics and had also served two terms on the St. Marys school board. He took pleasure in hunting and traveling.