John David DeTar of West Brandy­wine

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

John David DeTar, 85, of West Brandy­wine Town­ship, PA passed away on Oc­to­ber 6, 2016.

Born in Colon , Panama, John was the son of USN Cap­tain John Les­lie DeTar and Frances (Sho­p­land) Coz­zone and the brother of Mar­garet DeBard, all de­ceased.

He was a grad­u­ate of Epis­co­pal Acad­emy and Brown Univer­sity. An ROTC cadet, he then trained as a naval avi­a­tor and served as a fighter pi­lot dur­ing the Korean War. Af­ter his ser­vice in the navy he was a Pi­lot for East­ern Air­lines for al­most 30 years.

John was an avid fish­er­man who loved trav­el­ing and spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

He was the beloved hus­band of El­iz­a­beth H. (nee Amy) DeTar; lov­ing fa­ther of Michael DeTar (Nupur), Ju­dith Minette (Michael), Jeanne DeTar, Su­san McCul­lough (Dan), Karen Iu­liano (Joe), Andrew DeTar, Chris Heyn (Kim­berly) and the late Ge­orge Richard Heyn, III (Clau­dia); lov­ing grand­fa­ther of El­iz­a­beth, Seth, Sarah, Joseph, David, Amy, Hil­lary, Laura, Phoebe, Stephanie, Jus­tine, Christo­pher, Alexan­der, Leah, Ju­lia, Chadeayne, Rees, Liam and An­neke; also sur­vived by 4 great­grand­chil­dren.

Rel­a­tives and friends are in­vited to his Vis­i­ta­tion 10:00-11:00 AM Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2016 fol­lowed by his Fu­neral Mass 11:00 AM at St. Peter’s Church, 2835 Manor Road, West Brandy­wine, PA. In­ter­ment Pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions are re­quested to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, 1626 Lo­cust Street, Philadel­phia, PA 19103.

Ar­range­ments by The Dono­hue Fu­neral Home, 43 W. Lan­caster Av­enue, Down­ing­town, PA 19335, 610-269-3080.

On­line con­do­lences at www.dono­hue­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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