John J. Briggs

LITITZ – John J. Briggs, 95, of Lititz, died at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the Landis Home in Lititz.

Born on Aug. 26, 1918, in Mount Union, he was a son of the late J. Melvin and Margaret (Justice) Briggs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marcella (Landis) Briggs, in 1984, and three brothers, Erwin, Richard and Charles Briggs.

He is survived by: his second wife, Dorothy Barker Briggs, whom he married on Aug. 15, 1987; son, J. Jeffrey Briggs, of Harrisburg; stepchildren, Bonnie Kraybill and husband, Stephen, and Gary C. Barker, both of Lancaster; and one granddaughter, Ely G. Briggs.

John was a graduate of Mount Union High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a sales representative for Keane-Monroe Corporation in Monroe, N.C.

He was a member of Grandview Methodist Church in Lancaster, a 32nd degree mason-Burns No. 464 in Harrisburg and Harrisburg Consistory- Former Tall Cedars of Harrisburg.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes Inc., Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the funeral home.

Interment will take place in Juniata Memorial Park.

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