John E. Melhorn
06/06/1942 - 02/03/2019

John E. Melhorn, 76, of East Berlin died on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Janice K. (Krepps) Melhorn to whom he was married 58 years.  Born June 6, 1942 in York, he was the son of the late Lester and Veronica (Simpson) Melhorn.  John was a retired Master Chief from the US Coast Guard after 23 years of service, he then was owner of the Industrial Electric Co. in York for 16 years and also retired as co/owner of Woodcraft Retail Store in Harrisburg. John was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbottstown. He was a 1960 graduate of Delone Catholic High School and attended Devry Institute of Technology, Memphis State and University of Southern Illinois. John was involved in the Boy Scout program for 40 years serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 127, Abbottstown. In his 40-year tenure he has helped 40 young men attain their Eagle Scout rankings. He was a teacher to many and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Julia Strong and husband Joseph of Gilbertsville, Elaine Lewis and husband Craig of Keedysville, MD, Christopher Melhorn of Oak Ridge, TN, Jane Mruk and husband Eddie of Odessa, DE and Daniel Melhorn and wife Alisa of York, six grandchildren and five great-grandchldren; six siblings, Michael Melhorn of East Berlin, Susan Miller of MI, Teresa Wagenius of MT, Mary Moulton of AZ, Vivian Shearer of MI and Veronica Benton of Dover. He was preceded in death by a sister, Amy Fair.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Abbottstown with Rev. Timothy Marcoe as celebrant. Burial will be private at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of John may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 6084 W. Canal Road, Abbottstown, PA 17301.


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Posted at:02/08/2019 1:01 pm
Deanna Niggebrugge
Jane, Eddie, and Evan, We are so sorry for the loss of you father and grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will not be able to make the Mass but please know that we will be thinking of you. Love, The Niggebrugge Family

Posted at:02/07/2019 3:03 pm
Keith Davis
My heart goes out to your family in this time of such great loss.

Posted at:02/05/2019 9:09 am
Justin Martin
Chris and Alex, So sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing John around the office. He was always very kind and well respected. Peace be with you in this time.

Posted at:02/05/2019 9:09 am
Becky Reed
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you and offer our sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

Posted at:02/05/2019 9:09 am
Bradford Connatser
I never met Mr. Melhorn, but I do know his son Chris, who told me stories about his father. I have no doubt that he was a tender, giving man, and because of that, the world is diminished. My sympathies to his loved ones.

Posted at:02/05/2019 10:10 am
Ben Moulton
Uncle John, I love you and will miss you. You will be remembered as a person with a warm heart and a wonderful dry sense of humor. He was always interesting and engaging to talk with. I hope you are wearing shorts with your suit jacket as your make your journey home. May you rest in peace - Ben

Posted at:02/05/2019 11:11 am
Frank Sharp
Chris and Alex, Very sorry to hear about your loss. I know how very hard it is. Remember the great times, the good days, the smiles, the stories and honor is legacy with your lives and actions.

Posted at:02/05/2019 8:08 am
Bob Arritt
Chris and Alex, so sorry for your loss. Mr. Melhorn was great inspiration and leader of young men. He was always a joy to be around. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Posted at:02/04/2019 7:07 pm
Wayne and Betsy Methenyy
We are thinking of you all. You are in our prayers. Truly a very special person Wayne and Betsy

Posted at:02/04/2019 7:07 pm
Kat Brown
Dan, so sorry for your loss. nGThoughts and prayers for you and the family at this difficult time.

Posted at:02/04/2019 9:09 pm
Julene Seaborg
Deepest condolences for the passing of John. We was a vibrant and kind man. Love to all of you. Julene

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