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John R. Deitrich, 82, of Northumberland, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Sunbury, a son of the late Ray E. and Ida M. (Womer) Deitrich. On June 4, 1961, he married the former Sandra L. Berie who survives.

John attended Sunbury High School. He served in the Army National Guard from Jan. 11, 1955 to Jan. 18, 1956. He then enlisted in the Air Force on Jan. 19, 1956 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 26, 1959, and continued to serve in the Reserves until Jan. 7, 1963.
Early on John was employed with various local businesses. He then gained employment with Butter-Krust Baking Company, Sunbury where he retired after more than 20 years of service. Following retirement he drove school bus for the Selinsgrove School District for several years.
John was life member and former active volunteer for the Point Township Fire Company.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, John is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Lois S. and Robert W. Aucker of Northumberland, Tammy S. and Tom R. Webb Jr. of Sunbury, April M. Witmer of Sunbury, and Bridgette L. and James R. Moll Sr. of Sunbury; one son, James D. Deitrich of Northumberland; 17 grandchildren, Jason, Jaclyn, Joshua, Susan, Nicole, Kayla, Cassandra, Alyssa, Tionie, Nicholas, Ryan, Hope, James Jr., Nathanial, Andrew, Matthew and Elizabeth; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Marian Fahringer of Northumberland, Carol Deitrich of San Francisco, Calif., Jane and Paul Bower of Shamokin Dam, and Paula Nations of San Antonio, Texas.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland, where funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Michelle Beissel officiating
Burial with military honors accorded by the Selinsgrove American Legion Victory Post 25 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6631 will follow in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.

Contributions in John's memory may be made to American Legion Riders President: Thomas Varner, In memory of John R. Deitrich, 524 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870.
Published on April 15, 2018
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