John N. Van Horn, 92, Ephrata, Anchor Motor Freight, driver, WWII vet, John Wayne fan

By on January 14, 2015

John N. Van Horn, 92, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Plainfield, N.J. to the late John P. and Sarah E. (Trimmer) Van Horn and was the husband of Patricia (Metternich) Van Horn.

John was of the Catholic faith. He worked for Anchor Motor Freight as a car carrier driver, was a member of the Teamsters, Marine Corps League of New Jersey, enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, smoking cigars and was an avid John Wayne fan. John served in the US Marine Corps during WWII, building landing strips for airplanes in the South Pacific.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Mark, husband of Maria (Hernandez) Van Horn of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Tony, husband of Haley (McComb) Tomaio of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters: Mary, wife of Richard McComb of Adamstown; and Julie, wife of Dan Ward of Lancaster; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife: Constance (Lynch) Van Horn; two brothers: Gerold and Roland Van Horn; three sisters: Doris Chaky, Helen Van Horn, and Wilma Outcalt.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. 9th St., Akron, followed by a time of sharing by family and friends. Interment will take place in the Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, N.J.

Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at


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