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John W. Detlefsen, Jr.

Obituary for John W. Detlefsen, Jr.

February 4, 2022
Cherry Hill, New Jersey


John W. Detlefsen, Jr. a long-time resident of Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 4, 2022. He was 91 years old.

Born on October 4, 1930 to the late Walter and Anna Detlefsen, John grew up in Fanwood, NJ. After graduating from Scotch Plains High School, he joined the workforce, eventually working for Mack Trucks, where he met the love of his life, Sue. They kept in touch when John later joined the Army and served in the Korean War, where he was assigned to communications and rose to the rank of sergeant.

After serving in the Army, John went on to marry Sue, and they shared 64 years of marriage. They relished spending time with family and their many friends and were the proud hosts of Thanksgiving and Easter holiday gatherings for years. Among other things, John will be remembered for his witty banter with Sue, which always ended in a laugh.

John was a hard worker who valued self-reliance. His professional aspirations earned him senior sales positions in the petroleum industry, and he ultimately retired from Chevron. He won numerous awards for his salesmanship over the span of his career, and he was also a dedicated member of the Freemasons.

Some of John's favorite memories were summer weekends at the beach with Sue and family in Lavallette, NJ, as well as visits with his brother, Pete, and his wife, Wanda, especially those over coffee at the local Starbucks in Haddonfield, NJ.

John's hobbies included tending to his yard, taking day trips to Atlantic City, watching his beloved Washington Redskins, caring for his dalmatian, DeeDee, and reading. He also liked to be active and enjoyed going on walks, bowling, and going out to dinner.

John is survived by his wife, Susan J. Detlefsen, his brother and sister-in-law Peter and Wanda Detlefsen, his nephew, Christian Detlefsen, his niece, Mary Ann Battipaglia, his nephew, Thomas E. Hall, and his wife, Lisa, and their families.

At this time Funeral Services are Private.

Life Celebration Services entrusted to Swartz Givnish of Newtown

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Newtown, PA 18940
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