Joseph Mer­ri­man Faulkner of Glen­side

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Joseph Mer­ri­man Faulkner of Glen­side passed away in his sleep Jan­uary 5th, 2019 after com­pli­ca­tions from a hip frac­ture. He was 97 years old.

He was the son of Joseph Wat­son and Sarah (Mer­ri­man) Faulkner. He mar­ried Elsie Jean (Chapin) Faulkner in 1946 and set­tled in Glen­side in 1952. Elsie Jean passed in 2012.

Joseph grad­u­ated from North­east High School in 1939 and served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He served state­side as an arms trainer in Mis­sis­sippi, re­pair­ing elec­tri­cal weapon sight­ing equip­ment in Aberdeen, MD, and was in the OCS (Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School) pro­gram in Wash­ing­ton DC. Be­fore the war, Joe played base­ball in club leagues and after the war was ac­tive in soft­ball and was an avid bowler in church leagues.

After the mil­i­tary, Joseph worked at Leeds & Northrup in Wayne Junc­tion and later in North Wales for 25 plus years. Us­ing the GI Bill, he at­tended night school at Drexel and earned a de­gree in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing. After earn­ing his de­gree, he de­signed elec­tri­cal con­trol pan­els for steel mills and power plants and trav­eled do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to train op­er­a­tors and as­sist in in­stal­la­tions. He later worked at Fisher and Porter in Warmin­ster and con­sulted with other en­gi­neer­ing firms.

Joseph is sur­vived by his chil­dren: Lyn Faulkner of Glen­side, Carol Pfan­cook (Nor­man) of Mor­risville, Randy Faulkner (Ellen) of Perkasie, Clau­dia Flan­nery (Phillip) of Gal­loway, NJ. Grand­chil­dren Jeremy, Jared and Jonathan Pfan­cook, Sean, Ryan and Carly Flan­nery, Lau­ren Buck­ham­mer, Laura, Judd and Sam Faulkn­err and six great grand­chil­dren, Ella, Chloe, Em­mitt, Kaiden, Jem­ina and Mar­garet.

Joseph was pre­ceded in death by his brother Jack Faulkner and sis­ters Jean Kennedy and Vi­o­let Zisette.

Glen­side res­i­dents may re­mem­ber Joe work­ing at the polls at St Pauls Lutheran Church for many years after re­tire­ment and his morn­ing walks around town. Joe was a reg­u­lar at the Abing­ton Li­brary vo­ra­ciously read­ing his­tory books and mur­der mys­ter­ies. He en­joyed do­ing his cross­word puz­zles up to the end.

Joseph and Elsie Jean were mar­ried for 66 years and were a team. At church, where Elsie was the or­gan­ist and choir di­rec­tor, Joe kept the kids in line and as­sisted be­hind the scenes. They en­joyed many trav­els over­seas and in the US. “Else and Joe” was a one syl­la­ble word for her chil­dren.

Joe had a long and won­der­ful life. His fam­ily is so thank­ful that he was sharp up to the very end and he was able to en­joy the com­pany of his chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. He will be missed by his fam­ily and friends.

Guests will be re­ceived from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Fri­day Jan­uary 11th at Jar­ret­town United Methodist Church 1460 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025. Ser­vice at 10:30 and lun­cheon at the church at 11:30. In­ter­ment to fol­low with fam­ily.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to Jar­ret­town United Methodist Mu­sic fund at the church ad­dress above or the Abing­ton Town­ship Pub­lic Li­brary 1030 Old York Road Abing­ton, PA19001. Arr by John R. Freed Fu­neral Home, Inc.

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