John Herbert Hettes Sr., 82, of Noxen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Hettes was born in Noxen on Jan. 18, 1931, a 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 West Side Landfill and Noxen Township. He was a member of the Daddow Issac 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 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; Brenda Chipego and her husband, Tom, Harveys Lake; brother, James Hetteshiemer, Noxen; sisters, Ethel Jones, Noxen; Olma Weidner, Wilkes-Barre; 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; one great-great-granddaughter; extended family, Tom and Pat Norris and sons.
John's family thanks Traditional Home Health and Hospice for all the love they gave to him. Love you, Patti.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Marty Everhart, pastor of the St. Luke's Reformation Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Dymond Section Of Orcutt's Grove Cemetery, Monroe Township. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to 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 29S, Noxen, PA 18636.
Online condolences can be made at www.clswansonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on June 13, 2013