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John Raymond Pedicord

"Gentleman John"
His final words: "The battle is over...I'm ready to see Jesus."

John Raymond Pedicord, age 87 years, of Pitman, N.J. died Jan. 27 at Manor Care in West Deptford, N.J.

Born in Coraopolis, Pa., he moved to Pitman in 1925 and graduated from Pitman High School in 1938. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1940-45. He fought in the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. He was retired from the Pitman Post Office and the Pitman Manor.

He was a founding member of the Original Hobo Band, and belonged to the Silvertones Orchestra, and the Tommy Darrow Orchestra, playing clarinet for all three bands. he was an Elder Emeritus of the Faith Alliance Church, Sewell, N.J.

He also belonged to the Elwood Kindle Post #49 of the American Legion and VFW Post #6469, both in Pitman. Predeceased by his wife Lorraine “Dolly” (nee Sharp).

Survived by his wife Helen Mae (nee Edwards), children James (Eline) Pedicord of Houston, Texas, Bonnie (Stephen) Mikes of Miami, FL, Gary (Donna) Pedicord and Janis (Jay) Ent, both of Pitman, grandchildren Aline Wilson, Virginia Pedicord, Kira Mikes, Christopher Pedicord, and Margaret Ent, great grandchildren Katelyn and Kennedy Wilson, and sister Leola Upton of Placerville, Calif.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 7 to 9 P.M. and Thursday from 10 to 11 A.M. in the KELLEY FUNERAL HOME, 125 Pitman Ave., Pitman, NJ.

Funeral service at 11 A.M.

Interment Bethel Cemetery.

Those desiring may make contributions to Faith Alliance Church 423 Barnsboro Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080 or the Original Hobo Band, PO Box 31, Pitman, NJ 08071

Published in the Gloucester County Times on 1/30/2007.
Reprinted with Permission of The Gloucester County Times and NJ.COM

Gentle John has gone beyond
To follow a different Maestro's baton.
For sixty years in hobo's clothes,
A uniform of rags he chose.
But rags no more, for John has said,
"I'll choose a robe of white instead."

Eighty and seven his lifetime span,
Ever faithful to God, and a family man.
To be with his savior, his prize to win...
He paid his dues to enter in.
Decorated war hero, a veteran proud,
Now perched atop a silver cloud.

Yes, eighty and seven he was at the end.
We'll surely miss you, our faithful friend.

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