John C. Harlow Jr. ("Junie"), passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Sunday morning January 12th, 2014 at the age of 90. He is predeceased by his parents John and Mabel Harlow and sister Annalee Cartwright. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of nearly 68 years and sister Marie Kehoe. He is also survived by his 3 children and their spouses, Dr. Wayne Harlow and Judith, Wesley Harlow and Susan, Doris Artusio and Joseph. As well as, 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Lindenberg and Jason, Matthew Harlow and Emily, Lauren Campe and David, Evan Harlow and Jacqueline, Meribeth Harlow, Andrew Artusio, and John Artusio. Lastly, he was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren, Orion, Grant, Jacob, Nicholas, Forrest, Hudson, Kathryn, Sydney, and Eason. John was born in Stanley, VA on July 20th 1923 and raised in Aliquippa, PA. He proudly served as a marine during WWII in the Pacific, seeing action in Guadalcanal and the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday. He met Ruth while stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York. A talented athlete in baseball, he pitched for the Marine Corps as well as the Hollywood Aces in Aliquippa. After returning from WWII, John graduated with a degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Ruth and John were married in 1945 and lovingly raised their family together in Farmingdale, NY. Gifted in carpentry, John took on various jobs for extra money to put his children through college and graduate school. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching little league for his sons and later for his grandsons. John retired from Long Island Lighting Company after 40 years of employment and moved with Ruth to Williamsburg in 1986. His friendly, agreeable personality lent itself well to volunteer work at the Colonial Williamsburg visitor center and Anheuser Busch men's PGA tournaments. He was an avid golfer at the Golden Horseshoe, celebrating his first "Hole in One" at age 84. John was also dedicated to his churches past and present. He served as an official board member of Farmingdale United Methodist church in NY, and was a faithful member of Williamsburg United Methodist church. John always considered his family to be his biggest accomplishment in life. He always had a smile on his face and the happiest of hearts. His positive attitude was contagious to those around him. He was outgoing, kind, and made friends anywhere he went. He will be forever missed by his family, his friends, and anyone that knew him, even for a short time. As the patriarch of his family, he set a strong example, instilling moral values of hard work, honesty, love, and integrity. He called his grandchildren his "7 Blessings", but in the end he was ours. Our family wishes to thank Dr. Hundt, the Sentara Hospice staff, and the compassionate, skilled staff at Williamsburg Sentara Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church- 500 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185 and Sentara Hospice of the Greater Peninsula- 200 Enterprise Dr Newport News, VA 23603. A memorial service will follow at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, on Friday January 24th at 4pm.
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Published in Daily Press from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, 2014