John Allen (Jack) Hiller Jr., of Tyrone age 91, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at The Gatehouse, Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, PA. He was born October 7, 1921 in Tyrone, the son of John A. Sr. and Rosalie Black Hiller and on November 1, 1943 was married at the Warriors Mark Methodist Church to Miriam Boal who preceded him in death October 14, 2011. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy H., wife of Dr. Alexander Nesbitt of Williamsport and 2 sons, John Scott Hiller of Tyrone and James B. (Pamela) Hiller of Fredericksburg, VA. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren: Nathaniel H. Nesbitt, Washington, DC, Jody Hiller, Washington, DC, Andrew (Britney) Hiller, Altoona, Jill Hiller, Airman First Class, Lackland Air Force Base, TX, Aaron H. Nesbitt, Denver, CO, Rachel N. (Dion) Lehman, Jenkintown, PA, Shana A. (Justin) Biggs, McDonough, GA and Christina A. Hiller, Fredericksburg, VA, and two great grandchildren – Aubrey and Carter. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Deborah Hiller, a grandson, John Allen Hiller and a step-brother Robert Piper. He was a graduate of Tyrone High School Class of 1940 and had attended Penn State University and with his wife Miriam, was the owner of the W. F. Hiller Inc. Insurance and Real Estate Office serving as its president until appointing his son, John Scott Hiller to that position prior to his retirement in 2001. He had 52 years of service with the agency. Jack was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as both an elder and deacon and served as secretary- treasurer of the Sunday School. He was a member of Howard Gardner Post #281 American Legion, serving as Finance Officer for 50+ years and was recognized by the Post as an honorary commander. He was a member of the Gardner Guards Drum and Bugle Corp, was a member and past president of the Blair County Insurance Agents Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the First Blair County National Bank, the Tyrone Kiwanis Club, of which he was a past president, a member of the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce, served on the Tyrone YMCA Board, the Board of Directors of the Tyrone Hospital, was a member of F & AM #494, Jaffa Shrine where he had played in the Drum and Bugle Corp, Williamsport Consistory, and Royal Order of Jesters Court #70, was a member of the Tyrone Benedicts, a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose and belonged to Gardner Cottage. He was an Eagle Scout of Troop 24 and secretary and trustee of the Tyrone Camp Anderson Corporation. He enjoyed golfing with his wife Miriam locally and in the Carolinas and traveling extensively when able. He was an avid sports fan (golf, football, and basketball). This staunch Republican patriot was a man of deep faith, integrity and generosity, who loved his God, family and country intensely. • He went active duty in the Army Air Force in Janurary 1943, where he entered the Aviation Cadet Program and trained as a Bombardier at Roswell, NM where he was commissioned. Completion of B-17 training followed at Rapid City, SD then he flew with the 398th Bomb Group (H) out of Nuthampstead, England. His combat missions included D-Day supporting Canadian Forces at Juno Beach. On his 15th mission he was shot down on June 19, 1944 over Hamburg, Germany. His plane crash-landed in a field with two engines out and the outboard engine windmilling. He was captured by the Wehrmacht and transported to Stalag Luft 3. He was there until Jan. 1945 when the prisoners were marched to a railhead for a 3 ½ day cattle car trip to Moosburg, Germany. He was liberated April 30, 1945 by elements of Patton’s Third Army. He was home in June of 1945 and remained in the Air Force as a Training Officer and as an Intelligence Officer at Olmsted Air Force Base, Harrisburg, PA. He separated from active duty, joined the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1970 with the rank of Lt. Col. He was the recipient of an Air Medal and the P.O.W. Medal.
Funeral service for John Allen Hiller Jr. will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mark Liller officiating. Interment will be made in Blair Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by Andrews Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may call at the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc. on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM and on Tuesday from 10 to the 11 AM service at the church. Contributions in his memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2 West 13th Street, Tyrone, PA 16686 and also Alliance Defending Freedom, 151000 N.90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260