John W. Waggett (1922 - 2015)

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John W. Waggett, 93, of Montoursville, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at Valley View Nursing Center.
Born Feb. 5, 1922, in DuBois, he was a son of the late John H. and Hazel L. Troan Waggett. He and his wife, the former Mildred R. Shaffer, celebrated 67 years of marriage on Feb. 5, 2015.
He graduated from Sandy Township High School, DuBois, Class of 1938. John then entered into a four year apprenticeship with the B&O Railroad, which was in-terrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and served as a Machinist Mate First Class aboard the USS Bennington CD 20, an Essex Class Carrier until his honorable discharge in 1946.
After the Battle of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, he ended up at Tokyo Bay where he witnessed the signing of the Armistice by Mac Arthur and the Emperor of Japan aboard the U.S. Missouri.
After his discharge, John continued his education at DUC, DuBois, Bucks County Community College, New- town, and Rider College, Trenton, N.J.
He was employed by the B&O, DuBois, for six years and then relocated to Yardley, where he was employed by U.S. Steel for 35 years, retiring in 1986.
John was a past member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and past president of the Council of Churches in Trenton, N.J. He was a Master Mason of Mercer Lodge No. 50, F. & A. M. in Trenton, N.J., for over 55 years. He was a member of the Consistory and Crescent Shrine in Trenton, N.J., past director of the Royal Order of Jesters at Cres- cent Court 64 of New Jersey, a member of the Kashino Klub in AZ, a life member of BPOE 2023, Morrisville, and the American Legion and VFW.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Tim Hartzell officiating. Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery, DuBois. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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McCarty~Thomas Funeral Home - Hughesville
557 East Water Street
Hughesville, PA 17737
(570) 584-2981
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Published in The Courier Express from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2015
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