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Rev. John M. Whallon

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 2, 2012 @ 2:44 pm In Obituaries | 16 Comments

Rev. John M. Whallon, 93, a resident of Homestead Village, died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the home.
He was the husband of the late Muriel L. Platts Whallon who died in 2006. Born in Zanesville, OH he was the son of the late Walter L. and Irene Snyder Whallon.
Rev. Whallon was a 1940 graduate of Princeton University and a 1943 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons, NY for 13 years and then the First Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY for 24 years. He was committed throughout his life to the cause of Native Americans.
Rev. Whallon was a member of the Church of the Apostles U.C.C. in Lancaster. He served as a chaplain in the U.S.Navy during World War II
He enjoyed tennis, sports, and following his children’s and grandchildren’s endeavors.
Surviving are two sons, Rev. Douglas husband of Mary Alexander Whallon and four children, John, Laura, Katie and Peter of Bedford, MA, and Peter husband of Pamela Heckel Whallon and two children, Leah and Carrie of Lancaster, PA,; and a daughter, Janie Louise wife of Richard Muir and three children, Nancy, Cynthia and Richard of Easton, CT.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. in the Village Commons at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA. They family will greet friends following the service. Interment in Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rev. Whallon’s memory may be made to Endowment Fund at Homestead Village, P.O. Box 3227, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA 17604-3227 or to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Condolences for the family of “Rev. John M. Whallon”

Condolence from Peter and Fimi Frost on March 2nd, 2012 3:24 pm

Dear Doug, Peter, Janie and family,

We are saddened by the passing of your father. I was just reading his book last night. We saw him two years ago, and he was very happy and content even though we knew that he had gone through so much with a fall and heart trouble. We had a wonderful dinner at Denny’s, his favorite restaurant where everyone knew him. His good spirit brightened up our trip.

He married us 30 years ago and have been most supportive all through our marriage. We will always remember him.
We are sorry that we couldn’t be there this Sunday, but our prayers and thoughts will be there with you.

Much Love,

Fimi and Peter

Condolence from Cindy Muir on March 2nd, 2012 6:29 pm

“He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most.” ~ Samuel Butler

Grandpa John was one of the most joyful, loving men I have ever known. I wish very much that I could be with you all, and I will be thinking of everyone this weekend. We love you, Grandpa!

– Cindy

Condolence from Claudia and Jerry Forester on March 3rd, 2012 9:43 am

Dear Doug, Peter, Jane and entire Whallon clan,

While grieving at the loss of such a wonderful husband, father, pastor, friend and servant of the Lord, we rejoice that he had a life well lived. We were blessed to know him and your family over so many years. Your parents were an inspiration to our entire family.

Jerry and I still remember his visit back in 2007 to come visit all of his friends one more time. We spent the evening with my mother and brothers laughing and telling stories about those joyous years growing up at Pleasantville Presbyterian.

Well done good and faithful servant!!

Much love,
Jerry and Claudia Forester

Condolence from Marianne Graven on March 3rd, 2012 1:32 pm

Dear Doug, Peter and Janie and family,

I just received an email from Lyman Roney, telling me that your father(father-in law) passed away. I was shocked! The death always comes suddenly.
John was like a father to me. They treated me like their daughter. Such a warm feeling. We spent so much time together, especially in Englewood. I have so many nice memories.
I will write you! I think I have Peter’s adress.
I had passed his life story book in Englewood among the other girls living overthere. I was so proud to be in the book. And that the book which is a life document was ready in time.
Dear family, I will think about you especially this weekend.
My candle I will lit tonight for HIM MY DEAR FRIEND and will think of the many talks we shared.
Muc love,
Marianne Graven

Condolence from Jan Arnold Phillips on March 3rd, 2012 2:42 pm

I knew John over 40 years ago when my soon-to-be father-in-law, Jim Arnold, was the rector at Pleasantville Presbyterian. My in laws lived in the apartment over the Sunday School rooms. John volunteered his wife to drive me back to Geneseo after my first weekend visit there. A year later, he baptised our first child. I have fond memories of it – another time and place.

Condolence from Dave Geiger on March 3rd, 2012 5:00 pm

Johnny ( as he was called by my Dad and by my grandparents ) was one of the many reasons that the ” Greatest Generation” is so aptly named. I will always cherish memories of his presence at Ruffinit and at Camp of the Woods. His grace and quiet strength were an inspiration. We will miss him, and we give thanks for his legacy. Dave & Sue, Jon & Jeff

Condolence from The Erler Family on March 3rd, 2012 9:36 pm

Dear Doug and Mary, Our prayers are with you at this time. What a testimony of a life well lived for God’s kingdom.
lots of love
Dan, Anita, Elizabeth, Andrew and Katherine

Condolence from Bill and Joanne Eckenroe on March 5th, 2012 7:40 am

John will be greatly missed by everyone here at Homestead Village. We spend many hours talking with John as he walk the track of our indoor pool. His was also a welcomed member a our table at breakfast, lunch and any or special dinners we attended at Homestead. He was one of the positive, upbeat, entertaining and humorous person we ever met. He had a tremendous faith in God.

John sent a copy of a an autobiography he recently finished which was aptly
titled by John as: “And the Best is Yet to Come.” We know now what you meant by the title. Your reached the “Best” and
at peace in the presence of God.

Condolence from Barbara Burrill on March 5th, 2012 9:56 am

Doug & Mary ~ my prayers are with you this week. I am so thankful Doug that you could be there with your dad as he went on to Glory. If there is anything I can do please let me know!

Love, Barbara

Condolence from Elsie Kitchen on March 5th, 2012 12:18 pm

Dear Doug & Mary,
God so lovingly answered our many prayers for your dear dad’s passing into His glorious presence, including the final moments of his earthly presence with you, Doug. I am continuing to pray for you both in these days and weeks ahead as you grieve over the loss of his physical presence and rejoice in his wonderful legacy to you and your family.
Lovingly,
Elsie

Condolence from Susan Broomell on March 7th, 2012 3:01 pm

Dear Whallon Family,
I was out of town last week and am just now seeing the obituary for your dear father. I had the opportunity to get to know your father while working as a consultant with Homestead Village.

Your father was such a dear, sweet man. I met your father after his beloved wife had passed away but clearly remember him sharing wonderful memories about his Muriel.

It was my pleasure to know Rev. Whallon.
My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Susan Broomell

Condolence from Mary Whallon on March 13th, 2012 5:38 pm

This is one of my favorite memories of Grandpa:

At Camp of the Woods, we were walking along the road to the meeting hall. Grandpa was pushing his walker and making slow progress. Cars went by and stopped and offered to give him a ride, and he turned them all down. Finally I said, “Dad, we could get a golf cart.” He stopped, looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said, “Why? Do you need one?”

Condolence from Katie Whallon on March 15th, 2012 1:39 am

My favorite memory of Grandpa was in FL when I was a little child. I would stay with Grandpa and Grandma and they would take us to get fresh oranges from the orange farm/company. We had many more adventures together!

Condolence from Kyle Andrews on March 19th, 2012 9:44 am

To all my cousins –

I have never met you but know you through your father and mother and the family history book put together in 1993 for a reunion.

I just recently heard of John’s death. I’m so sorry for all but, gosh, he lived a great, fun, peaceful, long and good life and one can’t ask for more than that. I know he was so proud of all of you and you more than made him happy.

I plan on doing tons more geneology on the family and would love to have some of his papers, especially re the Snyder boys and their baseball prowess.

I hope we all can stay in touch and not lose each other. I can be reached at kyleinfla@gmail.com and/or home 321-243-4322.

Love to you all,
kyle

Condolence from Craig Barnes on March 20th, 2012 12:06 am

John Whallon is the reason I am a Presbyterian pastor. Throughout my thirty years of ministry I have always strived to be an approximation of the pastor he was. He will continue to inspire my future in the service of the church he loved.

Condolence from John & Connie Dolan on March 23rd, 2012 3:47 pm

We met John & Mu when we moved to Pleasantville in 1977 and joined the Presbyterian Church there. Lots of fond memories, but the one that both Con and I thought of first was when we bought our first house in 1978. John & Mu were having a yard sale for Aunt Ida’s stuff and there was an old reel-type push mower in the mix. We saw it and asked how much it was. John reacted quickly and said that it was already spoken for. Then a couple days later, there it was in our driveway with a red ribbon tied around it. They thought it was a joke — we used the mower for years until it finally wore out. John always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile that didn’t quit. Fond memories. — John & Connie Dolan

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