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John J. Stehman

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 18, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

John J. Stehman , 88, of  Salunga, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy, PA while holding the hand of his wife and soul mate and in the presence of his caring family.  He was the loving husband of Mary Lou Stigler Stehman for 67 wonderful years.

Born in Lancaster, Mr. Stehman was the son of the late Henry G. and Elsie L. Connelly Stehman.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Stehman is survived by his daughter, Kathy, wife of Elmer (Bud) McCarty, Salunga, a grandson, Kevin McCarty, husband of Sarah Dombach, Lancaster, and two great-grandsons Quinn and Nolan.  He has 10 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther C. and H. Connelly and a sister, Dorothea C. Farmer.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, East Petersburg, PA for over 70 years where he enjoyed serving as an usher.  John was extremely proud of the fact that he had 14 consecutive years of perfect Sunday School attendance.

John grew up working on the family farm which included the Stehman’s Potato Chips business.  He was also a mason’s apprentice.  In 1959 he became a driver/salesman for the chip company, where he later became President until he retired in 1995.  He was a Trustee of the Salunga Fire Company and a member of the Hempfield Ambulance Association.  He was a social member of the Mount Joy American Legion Post 185 where he and Mary Lou liked to go dancing.  He loved being outside doing yard work, swimming in his pool, and decorating the house and chip truck for holidays, including his extensive Christmas display.  He collected clocks of every kind, especially cuckoo clocks and had a large pipe collection.  He baked “Grampy cakes” for all occasions and Christmas cookies.  John had a great sense of humor and liked telling stories of his youth.  He enjoyed dining out with family and friends and as he would leave he usually greeted incoming patrons with his line, “No use going in we ate it all!”, which produced chuckles.  He loved time spent with his grandson, Kevin, and great-grandsons, Quinn and Nolan.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in Trinity U.C.C., 2340 State St., East Petersburg, PA on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. Christopher M. Rankin officiating. Friends may greet the family at the church on Monday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Trinity U.C.C. (please see the address above) or Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.

Condolences for the family of “John J. Stehman”

Condolence from Ginny Bailey on October 19th, 2013 7:58 am

Dear Johnny, God Speed Dear Johnny as you start your beautiful journey in the Heavenly Realm. We will all soon be with you and you can show us around and we will go with you to meet the King.

Thank you for your beautiful life and teaching us how to Live, Love, Laugh and “Be Happy”

Ken & Ginny

Condolence from Heather Dunnaville on October 19th, 2013 1:15 pm

What a beautiful write-up! I feel honored to say John Stehman was my great uncle. He was such a sweet and kind man who I am positive was loved by anyone and everyone who knew him! As I have told him and Aunt Lou, some of my fondest childhood and adult memories are from times spent in their joyful presence and warm home. Yes, thank you Uncle John…you were a blessing in my life more than you could ever know!

Condolence from Jennifer Lane on October 28th, 2013 11:45 am

I am so sorry for your loss, John will be missed dearly. He was one of my favorites to wait on at Uncommon Pizza…. I will always remember him for his pleasant demeanor and great smile, and of course love for chicken wings! Rest in peace John.
Your favorite waitress – Jenn

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