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John Van Fossen


He joined the Army in 1944 and served in Germany with the 3rd chemical mortar battalion during World War II. Following his military duty John moved to Middletown and has resided here since. He spent 35 years working at Olmsted Air Base until it closed and finished his career retiring as an aircraft supervisor at New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus 3501, both of Middletown. John was an avid golfer and a charter member where he was instrumental in the development of Sunset Golf Course, Londonderry Township. Besides golf, John loved to spend time at the shore with friends and family at his summer home on Fenwick Island, Del.   

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mildred Fick Van Fossen; son Jack, husband of Lorraine Van Fossen of Ocean City, Md.; two daughters Janice M. Forney of Middletown, and Jill A. Van Fossen of Fenwick Island, Del.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday at his church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. 

Burial with military honors was in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057.

Arrangements by the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown.

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