John Hettes Sr.

John Herbert Hettes Sr., 82, of Noxen passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Hettes was born in Noxen on Jan. 18, 1931, and was the son of the late John and Florence Belles Blizzard Hetteshiemer.

John attended Noxen School and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean conflict.

He worked as a heavy machine operator at Westside Landfill and Noxen Township.

He was a member of Daddow Issacs American Legion Post 672.

John enjoyed being with his grandchildren and working in his workshop. He also loved to feed his squirrels and loved all his canine buddies.

Mr. Hettes was preceded in death by his sisters, Inez, Alma and Bertha; brother, Arthur; and stepfather, Sam Blizzard.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Tillie Troy; children, Debbie Creasing, Noxen; John and his wife, Debbie, Carverton; Jim and his wife, Cathy, Swoyersville; Philip and his wife, Wendy, Noxen; and Brenda Chipego and her husband, Tom, Harveys Lake; brother, James Hetteshiemer, Noxen; sisters, Ethel Jones, Noxen; Olma Weidner, Wilkes-Barre; and Viola Robbins, Noxen; grandchildren, Kevin, Michelene, Lisa, Chuck, Debbylynn, Rick, Melissa, Bill, Amy, Kimberly, Jeremy, Lennette, Steven, Tiffiny, Matt, Johnny, Jess, Jimmy, Crystal, Tom, Jackie, Christopher, Ryan, Lottie, Tommy and Philip; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; extended family, Tom and Pat Norris and sons.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Marty Everhart, pastor of St. Luke's Reformation Lutheran Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Dymond section Of Orcutt's Grove Cemetery, Monroe Township.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512, or Pastor's Food Pantry, c/o Pearl Race, 3393 state Route 29 South, Noxen, PA 18636.

John's family would like to thank Traditional Home Health and Hospice for all the love they gave John. Love you, Patti.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 13, 2013