John Wayne Landis, 66, of Strasburg went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 19, 2023. Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late John Henry Landis and Grace (Rohrer) Landis.
After graduating from J.P. McCaskey High School, John became a master mason and went on to start a thriving masonry company, John Landis Masonry. After a tragic work-related accident, John was forced to change careers and worked at the Strasburg Railroad in Maintenance.
John enjoyed hiking various trails, cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, photography and astronomy. John was an active member of the Lancaster Historical Society. John enjoyed visiting residents of nursing homes, socializing with family and friends and sharing with others his life stories. He had a contagious laughter which would bring a smile to anyone’s face. John had a strong faith in God, enjoyed attending LCBC, and was a kind soul with a positive outlook on life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sisters Susan MacKenzie, Sylvia Sullenberger, Mary Ellen Funk and Kathryn Landis, and his sister-in-law Ginny Landis. John is survived by multiple nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his older brother David Landis.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 141 E. Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Saturday March 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM. A vitiation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of the service. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. To view the service virtually, please click the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/john-landis-2023
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Lancaster Historical Society (lancasterhistory.org) or to the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (biapa.org). To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com
DONALD Wetzel says
Sorry to hear the sad news john was a good friend. I enjoyed working with him. We all ate donuts and cleaned the coaches. He was fun to be with always had a story to tell. Rest me peace my friend. Don Wetzel
Ginny Landis says
Johnny was a great brother jn law and brother to his family. I am honored to be named in this obituary. We lost David in August one day after his 77th birthday and it’s unthinkable that now we have lost Johnny. Your South Carolina family extends sympathy and love to our family in PA. I will always have pleasant memories of John and how David and I lived him
Andy Rohrer says
God bless you Johnny
Barre Flynn says
Very sorry to hear about John’s passing. This has been a tough year for the Landis family. Everyone’s knee-jerk reaction to all of this is that he is in heaven. What a wonder to realize that John’s journey is finished and by all accounts he has the pleasure to be in a place that fulfills the human soul. To be sure, every day is a wonderful day in the house of the Lord. We must keep our eyes on the blessed hope that someday we will follow and enjoy the great joy of being in Heaven. May God bless you as you mourn and also look ahead to our reunion in Heaven.
Jump for Joy John…
Cathy Amerling says
I will miss you, John. I will miss your laughter and your stories and working with you on the train. Now you are in the arms of the Lord. Praise be to God.
Carolyn Brown says
Dear Kathryn & family:. Please accept my sincere condolences in regards to the loss of John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. May God grant you the Grace & strength to get through this & may John RIP. Sincerely, Carolyn Shoemaker Brown
Brooke Landis says
Rest in paradise with your brother David Landis (my dear grandfather) and your father. Boy oh boy, this last year been a tough one for the Landis family. I know you are there are in paradise catching up with the other Landis men. ❤️You will be missed Uncle Johnny. To the sisters of the Landis family (all of my wonderful Aunts), you are all in my prayers ❤️
Robin Sarratt says
John was such a warm and kind presence at the historical society. I will miss his upbeat greetings and his enthusiasm for his latest research. He will be missed by all of us. I am so sorry for your loss.
Susan MacKenzie says
Thinking of all of you and holding you in my heart and prayers. Blessings to Johnny on his journey home.
Denise Martin Meyer says
John was always a frequent guest to our hoe for all the major holidays. My late husband Doug our friend Candy Dave and I made up most of the dinner guest with John always taking home a doggie bag or two. He will be deeply missed, but I know that he and Doug are somewhere together playing with their model trains. Rest in peace.
Pat Garvey says
Truly saddened to see this! John and I were good friends back in our teen years, playing basketball and hanging out at Burrowes Elementary school and other places. John was always good for much laughter. My brother John worked for John years ago and was an inspiration for my brother’s career in masonry. RIP John. I will cherish our teenage memories.
My condolences to John’s family and friends.
John was always singing and happy, willing to do anything to help others. He was a good friend and coworker and he will be missed. He and I always talked about God and he said he would love to sit with Jesus, may he rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.