John A. Fornwalt, 94, of East Fifth Avenue, South Williamsport, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his home.
Born Dec. 4, 1918, in South Williamsport, he was a son of the late David and Pearl (Yohe) Fornwalt.
He was a 1938 graduate of Williamsport High School. John was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the 98th Bomb Group (H) in Palestine, North Africa (9th Air Corps) and in Italy (15th) Air Corps. John was founder and past president of the 98th Bomb Group (H) Veterans Association. He was noted as a war historian, having written a book about the 98th Bomb Group and time served. He was presented a plaque by the Thunderbirds and was seated next to President Bush in 2006 at the dedication of the Air Force Monument in Washington, DC.
John was a mechanic for Ford and Lincoln agencies, and he was a parts manager for Good Rambler. He had worked as an inspector for Vertol Aircraft and was an inspector for Textron Lycoming and Pullman Power, which he retired from in 1981.
He was a member of Newberry Church of Christ and also a member of the American Legion, Eugene Grafius Post 104, Montoursville. He was very involved with the SPCA of Lycoming County, and was an avid reader and bookkeeper. For 31 years, John was part of the morning coffee club at McDonald's in South Williamsport, inviting all to sit down and chat with the group.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth (Gower) Fornwalt, with whom he celebrated 18 years of marriage on March 18; two stepdaughters, Darlene Beach and Charlotte Borowski (Paul); a stepson, Edward Wilson, all of Williamsport; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
John was predeceased by his first wife of 36 years, Pauline Stroble Fornwalt, in 1981; a brother, Henry L. Fornwalt; and a stepson-in-law, Gary Beach.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Newberry Church of Christ, 822 Diamond St., with Pastor Robert F. Hart officiating. Burial will be held in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's name may be made to Newberry Church of Christ.
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St.