John B. Handley
1947 - 2015
Thompson Funeral Home
136 Center Street
Ridgway, PA
John B. Handley, 68, of 14407 River Rd., Hallton, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning, June 13, 2015 at his residence.
He was born June 9, 1947, son of the late John L. and Elmira L. (Moore) Handley.
He had resided in Hallton all of his life and was Protestant by faith.
John was a graduate of the Ridgway High School, Seton Hall in New Jersey and received his master's degree from Penn State.
He was the owner of the Hallton Hilton for over 40 years.
He is survived by one sister, Harriet M. (Guy) Ellis of Sigel, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Josephine L. Motter; one brother, Charles L. Handley; and by one nephew, Doug Handley.
Funeral and committal services for John. B Handley will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway on Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Officiating will be Ronald L. Burkett, pastor of the Hallton Church.
Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the donor's choice.
Published by Ridgway Record from Jun. 14 to Jun. 15, 2015.
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Just lit a candle for John, what a polite pleasant innkeeper. I remember the days while building my cabin in the Wilson Tract......after the last nail was pounded for the was off to the inn for the best burgers and juke box. great times there.

John Trotogott
Roseburg, Oregon
August 21, 2015
John was a beautiful soul...peace be still.
July 16, 2015
John, how well I remember you from our elementary-school days in Portland Mills. Rest in Peace, former classmate.
June 20, 2015
C Lindsey
June 20, 2015
Met my husband from Hallton in the Hilton, about 1959. Blair Burkett was the owner then. The Hilton hasn't been open when I've been back through. Remember the good times.
Rest in Peace.
Cathy Lindsey
June 19, 2015
Thank you for all the good times and memories. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
Cory Mottern
June 18, 2015
My condolences to the family. John was an enjoyable person who always had a smile on his face. His pleasant demeanor and graceful wit are what made the Hallton Hilton a great place. Thanks for the memories, John!
Richard P
June 17, 2015
I will always remember some good times at the Halton may you rest in peace
June 17, 2015
I can remember coming Hallton with my grand parents and other family and stopping and there, the story's of the old times in Hallton. Johnny you cape it alive ..... Cousin Dave Blauser
June 16, 2015
John! We are? "Penn State" RIP my Blue/White brother! U are and will always remain a legend to those riders that made the trip up from Pittsburgh through Cooks Forrest and along the Clarion River to break conversation with u! I still have the two hats from the "Halton" u sold me!!! RIP John! The. "Pittsburgh Riders" Tex Ritter!!!
Tex Ritter
June 16, 2015
We will miss talking with you, we are so glad we got to meet you! RIP John you were a great man and alot of fun! Thanks for the memories!
Gary & Kim Hoffman
June 16, 2015
A great man, who touched the lives and hearts of everyone he met.
June 16, 2015
One of my favorite parts of my river ride was.stopping to see John. Always great conversation and wonderful friendship. There will always be a part of my ride lacking. I will miss you my friend. Until we meet again.
Kelin Dauber
June 16, 2015
Thank You for being you John Handley
June 16, 2015
Great times, and fantastic memories! R.I.P. John
Mark & sue Rhines
June 16, 2015
Will be sadly missed I remember him as a teacher and a very gentle man RIP my friend
June 16, 2015
A one of a kind! Floating the Clarion will never be the same. Great story teller and a gentle man. Will be missed by many.

Bob Carlson and Kim Chao
June 15, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP John.
Dave, Amy and Rylan Alford
June 15, 2015
John was one of a kind. Will never forget how well he treated us! Our deepest sympathy to John's family.
Gary W
June 15, 2015
My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Darlene Larkin
June 15, 2015
John was a legion around here. He put Hallton back on the map's with his "Belly Buster Burger". My thoughts and Prayers to his family.. You was amazing person John Handley.. R.I.P.
Jack Heatherdale
June 15, 2015
Our Deepest Condolences. Had the Honor of meeting John. What a Great Guy and very gentle soul. Always Remembered.
Janet and Larry Biersack
June 15, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers to John's friends & family. We feel privileged to have met this amazing guy and have some great conversation. He is a legend and will be missed by many. Much happiness and love to you on the other side.
June 15, 2015
He will be missed dearly by many. Condolences to his family and many friends.
Patrick Penfield
June 15, 2015
Will never forget the great times we had coming to see you at the Halton! So many fun memories and good times! May God bless your soul Halton John, you will sadly be missed but never forgotten.
Rickilou Krise
June 15, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the family.. he was a great man with a gentle soul he will never be forgotten god speed my friend
Nikki Sullivan
June 15, 2015
he will be missed he was an icon good times and great fun was had by all
June 15, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to your family. John was an amazing and good hearted guy and i will miss him. RIP my friend
les voit
June 15, 2015
Marla Forbes
June 15, 2015
Our prayers to the family, friends, and loved ones. John was one of a kind and a great man and one heck of a cook! Thank you for all the memories!
Kaylee Bickle
June 15, 2015
going to miss you behind that bar, Rest easy John Rest easy y friend.
Dawna Jamison
June 15, 2015
John, thank you for your kindness and conversation. We will miss you, rest in peace.
Your resident campers, Brent, Pam & Mikah
Brent Patterson
June 15, 2015
Lots of memories from the Halton. John was a great guy, and will be missed.. Prayers and condolences
Colleen Mesanko
June 15, 2015
Harriet and her family , The Handley kids, Elmra Sandy, Barb, Laura and Missy,
So sorry for the Loss of your brother and Uncle Johnny. He was a great sub teacher and He sure could run the business . It seems that i have known him since I was 5 and all of us kids would hand out at Jose house when every one would come to visit Then our family drives as mom always said back home .He will be missed for sure. I am sure there will one of your family members that will keep the business going.
Cindy Gardner Frye
June 15, 2015
He was such an amazing man, and always was a pleasure to talk with when u would go to his business establishment. R.I.P John
June 15, 2015
rest in peace my brother and my friend.
bubba swanson
June 15, 2015
R.I.P John, thanks for the good times and the many laughs.
Possumpen Crew
June 15, 2015
such a good person and u touched so many lives RIP
susan olson
June 15, 2015
Kevin Weilacher
June 15, 2015
June 15, 2015
You touched more lives than you will ever know. From Pap's Place and a fellow Penn Stater rest in peace my friend.
Terry Scott
June 15, 2015
Prayers and thoughts to all the family and friends.....
The Sisters
June 15, 2015
R.I.P my friend you was a great man and good friend. Will all ways think of you...
Dave Alford
June 15, 2015
The man, the myth, the legand. Rest with the angles my friend. You will be greatly missed!
Grace Eisenman
June 15, 2015
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