John Hugh Sechriest

Born: Thu., Jan. 20, 1938
Died: Thu., Jun. 3, 2021


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 09, 2021
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jun. 10, 2021
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

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John Hugh Sechriest, 83 of Warren, Pa. died on June 3, 2021 at Cambridge Warren Assisted Living Home, in Warren. John was born at Warren General Hospital on January 20, 1938, the son of the late Hugh M. Sechriest and Edna M. Myers Sechriest. He was a 1955 graduate of Warren High School. He graduated from Edinboro State Teachers College, January 1960 with a B.S. degree in Education. He furthered his education at Edinboro with a Master of Ed. degree in 1962 and a M.S. degree at Syracuse University in 1964. In 1978 he received a Superintendent Certificate from Penn State University and in 1990 a Doctorate of Education from Nova University. John taught Science at Cranberry School District for one year, then taught Science and served as Director of Communications at Falconer Central School until 1973. He served as Assistant Principal at Beaty Junior High School 1973-76, Assistant Principal at WAHS 1976-1980, Assistant Principal of Eisenhower Jr/Sr High School 1980-83 and Principal of WAHS 1983-89. He continued serving Warren County School District as Director of Secondary Education, Director of Project Development and Executive Director of Learning until retiring in December 2006. From 2007-2016 John was Administrator of the St. Bonaventure-WCSD Duel Enrollment Program. John also contributed to the Warren community volunteering with the Boy Scout Council, Habitat for Humanity, 4-H Board, Hi-Ed Board and Rotary Club. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Olivia E. Smith Sechriest. They lived in Warren on the Sechriest Farm. They enjoyed traveling to National Parks, camping, hiking and square dancing. John also enjoyed caring for his sheep, cattle and the farmland. Through the years the Sechriests cared for several foster children. Two have kept close contact and survive; Arthur Stover III, (Donna), King, NC. ; John J. Callen (Natale), Savannah, GA. Several surviving in-laws include Jessica DeStefano, Laguna Beach CA; Genie Farrugello, Dana Point, CA; and Ulysses Smith, Arizona. Several nieces and nephews share a spot in his heart, Tonya, Carl, Celena and Brook. Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Funeral Home Inc., 1003 Penna. Ave. East, Warren, PA, on Wednesday, June 9, from 6 until 8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 10, at 11 am. Burial in the Smith Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial donations be made to the Kids in Need Program, in care of the Warren County School District, 6820 Market Street, Russell, PA 16365 Those wishing to send condolences online may do so by visiting

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Alan & Patricia McCullough
   Posted Fri June 04, 2021
Mrs. Sechriest & family: Please accept our sympathies and prayers at this time. My father, Robert, enjoyed with working with Mr. Sechriest on committees & programs. My mom enjoyed teaching for him once in a while as well.

Dave Oelslager
   Posted Fri June 04, 2021
My condolences on the passing of John. He was at Beatty and then the High School when I was growing up in the 70s. Both of you were good friends of my parents.

Dave Oelslager
Bill and Lennie’s youngest son.

John Jay Callen
   Posted Fri June 04, 2021
John will be missed.... May God Bless & Comfort you in the days ahead.

Condolences, Prayers & Love

John & Natalie

Norma & LaVoyce Dey
   Posted Sat June 05, 2021
Olivia, you have our deepest sympathies, prayers and may God bless & comfort you in the coming days.

With fond memories we will remember and celebrate John’s accomplishments from a Scandia farm boy to his doctorate degree in education. Highlights of some of our many memories with John, Olivia, Lynn & Bonnie: many special get togethers, trips to the St. Bonnie’s basketball games, and a trip to the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. We had many stimulating conversations regarding daily events and farm/timber management. We enjoyed John’s quick wit, followed by a chuckle & friendly smile. He will be deeply missed.

Jan Garrett
   Posted Sat June 05, 2021
This man was one of the greatest men I ever met. He took care of me in every area of my teaching and coaching career at Warren Area High School . He did it in a very fair way. He always wanted the best for me. I will always remember him . RIP Mr. Sechriest . You will be missed by many.

Phyllis Wright
   Posted Sat June 05, 2021
A man who was dedicated to helping children and teen's lead to success in their lives through education. An example - For many years he lead the "Rotary Club 4-H night" that recognized and celebrate the success of young children, teens and adult 4-H leadership throughout the county. John's many community contributions will not be forgotten.
Phyllis Wright

Todd Ristau
   Posted Sat June 05, 2021
Dr. Sechriest was a truly amazing man. When I was a high school student I lacked appreciation for all that he did, cared about, and stood for as a human being. When I reconnected with him through the Leadership Warren County program as a student, then as a co-steering committee member, I saw how much he cared, so deeply about the education of every child and adult for that matter. He encouraged me as I was working toward my doctorate. He and Howard Ferguson welcomed me into the PhD club when I finished, and made me feel accomplished! I remember and use his strategic planning lessons and methods for consensus, dropping the pen as he gave a last chance for comment :) I will remember him as one of the best men I have encountered. The world is a better place because he was in it, for sure! My condolences to Mrs. Sechriest. I am sure you have a lifetime of memories and numerous friends to surround you!

Randall Anderson-Ham
   Posted Sat June 05, 2021
Mrs. Sechriest, Skip and all of the Sechriest family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had much respect
for Mr Secriest and of course was a friend of Skip. You are
in my heart and prayers and I send much peace, love and healing light
during this most difficult time.

Madison Gray
   Posted Sun June 06, 2021
I took care of John for a while at cambridge. I have nothing but good things to say about John . He will be missed very much . Olivia, I am so sorry for your loss , you took wonderful care of John !

With love ,
Madison Gray

Brenda L Gertsch
   Posted Mon June 07, 2021

John was truly one of the greatest men I have ever known. If you ever need ANYTHING. Please, do not hesitate to call me anytime day or night. John was blessed to have you in his life.

Terry Hallock
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Barb and I send our prayerful condolences.I was with the school district for 39 years
and no one in that time was more professional than John.The mix of professionalism &
active caring about staff and students made him invaluable.
A few years short of retiring,John asked me if I'd consider emergency years ,as
physics majors were in short supply.The eventual offer was excellent.My 3 additional years at Youngsville High were the most enjoyable of my career.I've always appreciated that John suggested it.
And it always meant a lot that he was a Warren County native!God Bless!

Mark Bevevino
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Mrs. Sechriest and Family,

I always liked Mr. Sechriest and he did good things for the students of Warren. I still have a vivid memory of when I was in first grade at Jefferson ES and you were my teacher. Mr. Sechriest brought a baby lamb to our classroom. It was such a neat event I still remember it clearly 48 years later.
I graduated with John Gallen who was always a good guy.
I am sorry for your loss.

Mark Bevevino

Mark Bevevio
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Sorry I should have spell checked my message before I sent it.

John Callen not John Gallen.

Mark Bevevino

Harvey Stone
   Posted Wed June 09, 2021
I was very sorry to hear of John's death. I had the pleasure of working with him, first as a parent with students at Beaty and at WAHS and then as a Rotarian. John was very dedicated to education and helped us with finding students to attend Rotary student education and leadership groups as well as with our annual Rotary scholarship awards. He will be missed.

Casey Vincent
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
I met Dr. Sechriest while a student at St. Bonaventure dual enrollment. He was very kind to all of the students and a great mentor. I truly appreciated all he did for me. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

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