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John Balderston Harker, 92, of Falmouth, Massachusetts and Titusville, Florida, passed peacefully on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Falmouth Hospital with heart failure. John was born June 21, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Herbert Harker Jr., and Sarah Balderston Harker. John spent his early years in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Cheltenham, Pennsylvania when he was twelve. He graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1940, where he met and later married his wife, Isabella Roberts, on May 20, 1944. They were married for 69 years prior to Isabella's passing in June 2013. John received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Temple University and his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He had a distinguished career running his own consulting business, The Harker Organization, Inc. whose business mission was helping the banking industry improve employee relations with the introduction of structured salary administration, attitude surveys, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personnel assessments. John was a birthright Quaker registered with the 12th Street Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. During his retirement years, with a passion for family history, John researched his ancestor and fifth generation grandmother, Betsy Ross, and her role in designing and making of the first symbolic American Flag at the request of George Washington. Historians questioned the family history and John uncovered new, previously unknown facts that further supported Betsy's role. In 2005, he published "Betsy Ross's Five Pointed Star: Elizabeth Claypoole, Quaker Flag Maker - A Historical Perspective". In April 2014, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and the Betsy Ross House honored John for his research and a commemorative brick in his honor is on display in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House that reads "Seek Truth", and "Betsy was a legend in her own time". John is survived by his four children, Scott Harker, Groton, MA; Sandra-Lynne Hadamard, Woods Hole, MA; Michele Peal, Falmouth, MA; and John R. Harker, Mt. Vernon, ME. John also leaves eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His sister, Kate Vaughan, of Cheltenham, PA., survives him and his brothers George and William predeceased him. John was a kind, gentle and loving soul, whose capacity for forgiveness knew no bounds and was an inspiration to his children and a dear friend to all who knew him. Above all, John would want everyone to seek truth and peace. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 2:00pm, at the West Falmouth Friends Meeting House, 572 West Falmouth Highway, West Falmouth, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Falmouth Service Center, P.O. Box 208, Falmouth, MA 02541.
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Charles "Chip" William Huntoon, age 32, a resident of Durango, CO and formerly of Ambler, PA died accidentally on August 4, 2014. Born at Abington Hospital, he was the beloved son of Charles W. "Chuck" and Elaine J. Huntoon. Chip was a graduate of the Meadowbrook School and Wissahickon High School. His love of the outdoors originally brought him to Colorado. He graduated in 2004 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He was certified as a secondary education teacher. He loved being an entrepreneur and started his own business known as CH Property Service in Durango. He was a self-starter and enjoyed the challenge of growing his business. Chip had a passion for life and outdoor living including camping at a moments' notice. He participated in biking events including the "Iron Horse" each spring in Durango and Bike New York in May. He was an expert skier and had the ability to guide rafting trips in Utah. Chip was a collector of antique toys and enjoyed a good auction which made it possible to create a vast collection which he started when he was the age of 8. He lived a life of unconditional generosity and sought to serve the people in his community. He was an active member of the La Plata County Search and Rescue, the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Day Break Rotary Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his life partner Emilie Benke of Durnago, by his grandmothers: Frances Huntoon of Pennsylvania and Helen Donoghue of New York. He will be greatly missed by his Aunts; Ellen Curcio, Kathy Donoghue, Stephanie Donoghue and Linda Okariniski, by his Uncles: Michael Donoghue and Victor Huntoon and by his cousins; Lauren Brown, Jessica Hess, Christopher Donoghue and Megan Donoghue. Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 21, 2014 Helweg & Rowland Funeral Home, 1059 Old York Road, Abington, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the organizations where "Chip" was an active community volunteer: La Plata County Search and Rescue at P.O. Box 1885, Durango, CO 81302 or The Durango Day Break Rotary Club at P.O. Box 4149, Durango, CO 81302. Arrangements were by Helweg & Rowland Funeral Home, Abington, PA ( www.helwegrowlandfh.com )
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