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John H.E. Wadeck, 90, of Water Street, Northumberland, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017, at Brookdale Grayson View, Selinsgrove.
He was born Nov. 30, 1926, in Sunbury, a son of the late Michael J. and Josephine (Reichley) Wadeck. On May 7, 1949, he married the former Mary K. Brouse who preceded him in death on April 24, 2017, which broke a marital union of 67 years.

John attended Northumberland High School and was a proud Pineknotter.
He then enlisted with the Army on Oct. 27, 1945, serving during World War II with Company D 5th Infantry and was honorably discharged on Oct. 17 1946.
John was employed by Tioga Feed Mill, Sunbury for 19 years and retired after 26 years of service with Rea & Derick Drug Store, Northumberland.
He was a life member of Christ United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Methodist Men. He could always be found in the kitchen helping prepare for any of the church luncheons or dinners. He took great pride in coaching the church "teener" baseball league, the Methodist Angles, and was proud to receive an award for eight years of perfect attendance for the Sunday school class.
John was one of the first men inducted into the Northumberland Little League Hall of Fame for his more than 40 years as coach and umpire for the league. In addition he also helped to umpire the girl's softball league. He always took the time to not only umpire but to help teach the athletes and spectators about sportsmanship. He also served on a umpiring team with Dick Berry for District Tournament Baseball Games.
He took great pride in maintaining his lawn and mowing his grass. He enjoyed playing Penny-ante with family and friends and later at the Northumberland/Point Township Senior Action Center where he sang in the choir and attended many of their bus trips.
He was also a member of the Northumberland Hook and Ladder.

John is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Barbara J. Wadeck, of Mill Hall; one daughter and son-in-law, Marrianne and Wyman G. Hoyt, of Northumberland; grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer Hoyt, of Los Angeles, Calif., Jessica Hoyt, of Pittsburg, Krista and Todd Tilford, of Sunbury, Danielle and Derek Hicks, of Selinsgrove, Brad and Tiffany Smith, of Bellefonte, and Allison and Ryan Bressler, of Howard; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Gabriel, Lucas, Karmeer, Zachary, Caleb, Gannon, Brennen, and Jensen; two brothers and three siters-in-law, Michael J. and Martha Wadeck, of Bradenton, Fla., Davey L. and Janet Wadeck, of Selinsgrove, and B.J. Wadeck, of Orlando, Fla.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by twin brother and sister in infancy, Donald and Marguerite Wadeck; brother, Robert D. Wadeck; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary N. and James Follmer.

Friends and family may call from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King streets, Northumberland, followed by the funeral at 2, with the Rev. Joan Dodson officiating.
Burial with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 44, Northumberland, will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland.

Contributions in John's memory may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King streets, Northumberland or to the Shikellamy Acorn Little League, 502 Lahr's Road, Northumberland, PA 17857.

Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.
Published on May 30, 2017
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