John Leach Fawthorp | 1924 - 2014 | Obituary

John Leach Fawthorp
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John Leach Fawthorp

Born: October 02, 1924
Died: July 06, 2014

U.S. VeteranJohn Leach Fawthorp - 89, of Harleysville, PA; formerly of Souderton, PA passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Peter Becker Community.

He was the loving husband of Emma Lou (McKim) Fawthorp for 43 years. John was born in Lansdale, PA to the late Charles & Dorothy (Underkoffler) Fawthorp.

He graduated from Souderton High School, class of 1941. John served in the US Navy during WWII and participated in 8 invasions in the South Pacific. He worked for the family business “Jacques-DeLoux sweater company in Sellersville, PA. John then worked as a commission merchant in the Springfield-Delaware county area. He then worked for N. F. Landis & Son in Souderton, PA. John was employed as a Maintenance Worker for Grand View Hospital for 14 years.

He was a member of Shiloh Lodge F. & A.M. No. 558 of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. John was a member of Immanuel Leidy's Church where he formerly served as an elder and was part of the consistory. He was a faithful attendee and worshiper and was known for his friendly presence.

John was especially loved by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his family inherited his humor and loved of life. John was a very caring person who was endeared by many people. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who excelled in archery. John especially enjoyed listening to music from his era. In his younger years, he was a Football player and won many awards in Track and Field events.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his three daughters, Linda C. Johnson & husband, Harry of Telford, PA, Betsy J. Seiz & husband, Fred of Wellsboro, PA, Wanda Haberle & husband, Scott of Perkiomenville, PA; seven grandchildren – Kimberly, Kelly, Jennifer, Jackie, Adam, Jodie & Aaron, thirteen great-grandchildren – Ani, Hannah, Jordyn, John, Miranda, Mason, Adam, Nicholas, Owen, Noah, Ava, Callie & Brodie and a sister, Carol Kulp of Silver Springs, MD.

In addition to his parents & 1st wife, Betty (Fisher) Walsh, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Alexander Serbu and a brother, Charles P. Fawthorp.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 am at Peter Becker Community Chapel, 800 Maple Ave, Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438 where friends may meet with the family from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Inurnment will take place at Immanuel Leidy's Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Immanuel Leidy's Church, 276 W. Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA 18964.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit

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