Gardening 12


John W. Weller

November 5, 1921 ~ June 22, 2019 (age 97)

John Weller passed away peacefully at the age of 97 surrounded by his family and nurses at Westminster Woods in Huntingdon, PA on June 22, 2019.  John was born in Marklesburg, PA on November 5, 1921, the son of the late William Ralph and Grace Weller.  He was preceded in death by his brother Paul Weller, his sister Betty Morningstar (Wayne, deceased), and his beloved wife Janet Boyer Weller.  He is survived by his sisters Isabel Blackburn and Ruth Garner (Eugene), his brothers Max Weller (Virginia) and Robert Weller (Mae, deceased), his daughters Judy Fouse (Mark), Betty Snyder (John), Mary Weller, Susan Bruno (Tom), and his grandchildren Jennifer Fouse, Matthew Fouse, and Kira “Dolly” Bruno.  

John graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1939 and attended Juniata College for one year before discontinuing his formal education to help take care of the family farm.  With a mind as bright as his radiant smile, John was a committed lifelong learner, enjoying countless books (and naps) in his favorite armchair.  Endlessly curious, he endeavored to always “learn something new every day.”  His strong work ethic was evident in all of his jobs, including Brumbaugh’s Store (where he met his wife), Fiberglass, Miller Hardware, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, PennDOT, and the United States Postal Service.  Prior to his retirement in 1988, John served proudly as the postmaster of James Creek for 27 years.

A dedicated local historian and genealogist, John was also known in the community as a caring neighbor, lending a helping hand wherever he could.  He enjoyed volunteering at the local fire hall, teaching Sunday school at his church, sharpening knives and mower blades, and happily sharing the wheat flour and cornmeal that he ground.  He was a faithful gardener, who loved tending to his vegetables and flowers and being outside.  He loved music, telling stories, and spending time with family and friends.  In particular, in his later years, he shared many laughs and treasured adventures with his dear friend Jim Smith.  

John lived his life with a “peerless” sense of honor and dignity.  His kindness and integrity inspired and touched the lives of many.  All are welcome to attend his funeral service at the Zion United Church of Christ on Saturday, June 29th at 11:30.  Visitation will begin at 9:30, and a meal will be shared after the service.  In lieu of flowers, Johnny would appreciate donations in his memory to the Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 446, James Creek, PA 16657.

Arrangements by Akers Funeral Chapel.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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