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John B. Fishel

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 23, 2011 @ 3:35 pm In Obituaries | 5 Comments

John B. Fishel Lancaster, PA

John B. Fishel, 97, passed away on Tuesday, November 22,
2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy.
He was a resident of Oak Leaf Manor North, Landisville.  Prior to that, he resided in Valleybrook
Estates, Lancaster.


Born in Hagerstown, MD on September 24, 1914, John was the
son of the late Oram and Mary Blume Fishel.
He was the husband of the late Janice S. Fishel who passed away in 1987.


After graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1932, John
attended Lehigh University, graduating in 1936 with a B.S. in Chemistry.  He received an M.S. in Chemistry from Ohio
State University in 1948 and completed additional post-graduate studies at MIT
and Carnegie-Mellon Universities.


John was employed as a research chemist at Neville Chemical
Company, Pittsburgh; Gulf Research and Development Company, Pittsburgh; and
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH.
In 1956 he moved to Lancaster to accept a position with General Cigar
Research and Development and retired from there in 1980.

While a student at
Lehigh University, John enrolled in the Army ROTC program.  A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, he served
in the Chemical Corps during World War II.


John was known by many for his powerful bass voice.  His love of music throughout his lifetime
drew him to sing with the church choirs of Bethany Presbyterian Church, First
Presbyterian Church, Highland Presbyterian Church, Grandview United Methodist
Church and Lancaster Moravian Church.


He held memberships in the American Chemical Society, Sigma
Xi, Lehigh University Alumni Association, Ohio State University Alumni
Association, Retired Officers Association and the American Guild of
Organists.  For many years he served as
Chairman of Judges for the Lancaster County Science and Engineering Fair.


John is survived by a daughter Leslie, wife of Donald Rice
of Lancaster, and a son Gregory, husband of Kathy  Fishel of Cary, NC.  He is also survived by four grandchildren,
Meridith, wife of Jonathan Eckroat of Millersville, Melissa, wife of
Christopher Marschka of Lancaster, Brandon Fishel of Cary, NC and Austin Fishel
of Cary, NC; and three great-grandchildren, Maggie and Claire Eckroat of
Millersville, and Janice Marschka of Lancaster.


Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a
memorial service from Lancaster Moravian Church, 1460 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA, 17601
on Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 A.M.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday
from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.
Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent
to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster,
PA  17604, or Lancaster Moravian Church
at the address above.


Condolences for the family of “John B. Fishel”

Condolence from Steve Crouse on November 23rd, 2011 8:34 pm

Greg & Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. God Bless.


Condolence from Manda Brady on November 24th, 2011 2:33 pm

We are thinking of you and your wonderful family….sending lots of hugs your way. Take care of each other. Much Love~

Condolence from Manda Brady on November 24th, 2011 2:37 pm

Thinking of you and your wonderful family…..sending lots of hugs your way. Take care of each other.

Condolence from Kathy Clark Bankert on November 25th, 2011 7:59 am

Mr. Fishel gave me my first job out of college at General Cigar and Tobacco. He was my first real boss and my best boss. What a class act.I am sorry for your loss he was a great guy.
Kathy Clark Bankert

Condolence from Donald Williams on November 25th, 2011 2:16 pm

Jan and John were wonderful friends and neighbors to a young pastor – now retired. I think of them often, fondly. They now rest in peace. My thoughts are with Leslie, Greg, and their families.

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