John Waltman Jr., 92, of Watsontown, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was a former long-time resident of both White Deer and Watsontown.
He was born May 14, 1925, in Allenwood, Union County, a son of the late John D. and Helen (Fry) Waltman. On Jan. 1, 1947, he married the former M. Jean Huff and they celebrated 50 years of marriage until her death Jan. 29, 1997.
John grew up in Allenwood and graduated from the Montgomery Clinton High School with the class of 1943.
In the fall of 1943, he was called to boot camp at Great Lakes, Minn., where he became an apprentice seaman in the amphibious branch of the Navy aboard the LST 268 in the South Pacific. His ship was credited with five battle stars for World War II service in the South Pacific. He was later assigned to the USS LST 893 which was built in Pittsburgh to serve in the Asia-Pacific theatre. John was assigned to the occupation of Japan and witnessed the destruction at Hiroshima.
After the war, he graduated from Williamsport Technical College and operated a business in White Deer known as Waltman's Auto Service.
He was a life member of Watsontown Lodge 401 F&AM and Warrior Run Royal Arch Chapter 246 and Williamsport Consistory. He was a life member of the American Legion, Watsontown, and the VFW Post 8206, Turbotville. He was a charter member and past secretary of the White Deer Community Park. He served as chairman of the building committee at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Tiadaghton Chapter.
He is survived by one sister, Marvene (Arthur) Elliott; one daughter, Gayle M. Snyder of Watsontown; one son, Dr. Bill (Sharon) Waltman of Washingtonville; four grandsons, Pastor Donald L. (Ronda) Snyder Jr., John D. (Stephanie) Snyder, Erik D. Waltman, and Kellen J. Waltman; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and one nephew (Lee Waltman).
He was preceded by two brothers, Max E. and Ned E. Waltman.
Friends are invited to call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 2125 White Deer Pike, White Deer, followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Christine Mastin officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Watsontown Cemetery. Everyone will be invited back the church social room for a luncheon and fellowship with the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in John's memory be made to Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 51, White Deer, PA, 17887.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services PC, 124 Main St., Watsontown.
Published on March 12, 2018