Archibald Johns

Archibald "Archie" Johns, 83, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died Tuesday morning at home. He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret (Peggy) Colburn Johns. Wed on June 29, 1957, the couple would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Born Sept. 23, 1930, son of the late Thomas and Jennie Heal Johns, Archie was a graduate of Old Forge High School. He served as a cutting room foreman for more than 30 years at Brooks Manufacturing before owning and operating Montage Pants, both of Old Forge. Before his retirement, he also worked as a cutter for Allied Services in Scranton. A longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Old Forge, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. A family man with a memorable sense of humor, Archie will be forever missed by those who loved him.

He is also survived by his loving daughter, Carol Kemler and husband, Emory, Old Forge; many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Clayton Johns; and sisters, Esther Besecker and Mary Alba.

His family wishes to sincerely thank the entire staffs of both Geisinger Community Medical Center of Scranton and Heartland Hospice for the collective care given to Archie throughout his recent illness.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 143 Harrison St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by Rev. Susan Hardman Zimmerman, pastor. Entombment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park's Mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Visit for directions or to leave an online condolence.

Funeral Home

Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
(570) 562-1590

Published in Scranton Times on June 25, 2014