While many of his colleagues retired to Florida, John preferred to live out his years in Delhi, often saying "His hilltop was the closest place to Heaven on earth he will ever know."
John is survived by his "bride" of 51 years, Paddy Phyllis Magnuson; his sisters-in-law, Mrs. Robert Berry (Fay) and Mrs. Robert Boyd (Barbara).
He was predeceased by his sister, Julie Crouch and her husband, Robert Crouch of Pecos, Texas.
Donations in John's memory may be made to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, P.O. Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753 (www.heartofthecatskills.org) or to Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753.
Condolences for the family may be sent online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Arrangements are by the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.