John C. Timmins

John C. Timmins
John C. Timmins, 93, of Allentown lived a long, adventure-filled life and passed away on October 26, 2012 in his own home and on his terms. He was the husband of the late Zelda (Miller) Timmins. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Herbert C. and Pearl V. (Crum) Timmins. He was a 1937 graduate of William Allen High School and earned an engineering degree from Penn State. He worked as an engineer for Rodale Manufacturing for 35 years, retiring in 1981. He honorably served his country in the Army during WWII, earning a purple heart. He was an active member of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, where he helped to organize and advise their anniversary celebrations with period costumes. He made pew candle holders for the candle light services and created outdoor carriage lamps used during holiday services. He loved to attend the church picnic every summer. John was involved in reenactment groups, such as the Northamptontowne Militia, 2nd PA Regiment/43rd of Foot, WWII, and the Liberty Bell Trek. He loved working with his hands as well as his mind. John did many wood and leather projects and sewed most of his own reenactment clothing from patterns he created. He was a familiar face at all local auction houses, which he attended faithfully each week. During his later years, he did up to 100 crossword puzzles a week to keep his mind sharp. HE WAS OUR SUPERMAN... Survivors: Sons, Gary J. Timmins of Emmaus, Kirk C. Timmins and wife, Marilyn of Center Valley; daughters, Patricia B., wife of Donald Afflerbach of Macungie, and Cheryl R. Timmins of Allentown; sister, Gwendolyn Daphne Noone of Hagerstown, MD; grandchildren, Kim Hooks, Sara Afflerbach, Julie Trumbauer, Jamie Timmins, Jacob Timmins, Darren Fritsch, Jonathan Timmins, and Lauren Barsum; seven great-grandchildren. Services: Funeral Services Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road, Allentown, PA 18103. Viewing 10 to 11 a.m. in the church. Interment with military honors will follow in Western Salisbury Cemetery. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.schantzfh.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.

Published in Morning Call on Oct. 28, 2012