John I. Frankhouser Jr.

March 26, 1930 - March 22, 2019
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John I. Frankhouser, Jr., 88, of Pine Grove, formerly of Mohnton, passed away March 22, 2019 in M. S. Hershey Medical Center.  He was the husband of Janice A. (Spencer) Frankhouser. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late John I. Frankhouser, Sr. and Ruth I. (Matz) Frankhouser. He started playing the clarinet in September 1942 and was a newspaper carrier on Route # 412 from June 1942-June 1948. He graduated from Reading H. S. in 1948 and attended Conn Vocational School in Elkhart, IN in 1948-49 for musical instrument repair. John started playing in musical groups in 1948. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in January 1952 and played in an Army band throughout Europe from 1952-1953. He stared his career at the Reading Eagle-Times as a District manager in 1963, was promoted to Eagle Supervisor in 1979 where he remained until his retirement on June 1, 1993. After retirement John continued to deliver the Times Motor Route #3541 until January 1998. He was a member of Lodge No. 62 F & AM, American Federation of Musicians, Local 135-211, Reading and Rajah Shrine. John was a longtime member of the Rajah Shrine String Band and the Pretzel City Jazz Dixieland Band. Prior to his moving to Pine Grove, he was a member of Calvary U. M. Church, Mohnton. In addition to his loving wife Janice, he is survived by his 6 children – Janine Thomas Bink wife of Larry Bink, Lancaster, John Ivan Frankhouser, III, husband of Karen, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Joanne Lori wife of Suba Satyanarayan, Fairfax Station, VA, Jamie Marie wife of Stephen Witter, York Haven, PA, James David Frankhouser husband of Carol, Warrenton, VA, Judi Carol Hill, Lancaster, his brother – Robert M. Frankhouser husband of Nancy, Lancaster, his 5 grandchildren – Matthew, Sarah, Amy, Amanda, Andrew and his great grandson – Tanner. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Reverend Terry Jansma will officiate. Interment in Mohnsville Cemetery, Mohnton. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 10-11 AM at the funeral home.





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Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.


One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.


One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mohnsville Cemetery


310 W. Madison Street
Mohnton, PA 19540

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Born: March 26, 1930
Died: March 22, 2019

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Janice (common) Ranalli posted on 3/28/19

In memory of John I. Frankhouser Jr., Janice (common) Ranalli lit a candle


Meg (Shearer) Poussard posted on 3/28/19

Jan Ranalli forward the obituary to us as we are currently living in France as missionaries. It brought back many memories of West Lawn and growing up days. I so enjoyed watching the video and learning how your family has grown. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Meg (Shearer) Poussard


Greg Cutler posted on 3/25/19

I am sorry to hear of your loss, and wishing the best for you and your family in these difficult times.


Shirley Minnich posted on 3/24/19

Janice, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


Bill Minnich posted on 3/24/19

I have known John for over 60 years and he and I have played many gigs together. My condolences go out to the entire Frankhouser family. Heaven will be getting one heck of a clarinet player. Bill Minnich


Jane Sweitzer posted on 3/24/19

Our thoughts and prayers to John's family. We always enjoyed listening to his playing with Pretzel City Jazz Band. He and his clarinet will be missed by many. Sincerely, Lloyd and Jane Sweitzer