VeteranJoseph Wherley

Joseph J. Wherley, 79, of Royersford, Pa., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at the Manatawny Manor in East Coventry Township, Pa.

He was born in Table Grove, a son of Joseph B. and Mabel (Emig) Wherley. He married Jean Frederick in December 1954. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Douglas (and Catherine) of Royersford; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Morland, Robert and Charles.

He graduated from Table Grove High School in 1941. He then attended Southern Illinois University, and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in business education. He received his master's degree in education administration from Temple University.

He was the high school business teacher at the Phoenixville Area High School for six years and then became the athletic director for four years and the assistant principal. He then taught business subjects and was athletic director and golf coach at Brandywine College, now Widener University in Chester, Pa., until his retirement in 1985.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War as a Gunner's Mate 1st Class.

He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Spring City, Pa., and had formerly served as treasurer and on the church consistory.

He was a member of Spring City Lodge No. 553, AF&AM, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Forest No. 34, Scottish Rite, Rajah Temple of Reading, AAONAS and the Brandywine Shrine Club of the Rajah Temple.

Services were held Thursday at the Skalkop-Grace Funeral Home in Spring City with Rev. Erick Kern Jr. officiating. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Spring City.

Memorials may be made to First United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 145 Chestnut St., Spring City, PA 19475.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/27/2003

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