John Joseph Wehrum, 86, of Dunmore, died June 11 at Mountain View Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dodie) Keating Gilligan Wehrum. The couple celebrated 55 years of marriage in May.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he spent most of his early years on Long Island. He was the son of the late Charles and Margaret Reilly Wehrum. John earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Scranton. He served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War and spent one year stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland. He was a project manager at Tobyhanna Army Depot, prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church and a former member of the VFW and the Dunmore Lions Club.
John was an avid golfer and loved the time he spent with his golf league. He enjoyed tinkering and could fix anything, often being accused of "paparizing" it by his grandchildren. John liked to bring his wife flowers whenever he went to the store.
Also surviving are a daughter, Dr. Judith Pace Templeton and husband, retired Col. Charles Templeton, U.S. Army, the Villages, Fla.; a son, Martin J. Gilligan and wife, Mary Barbara, Dallas, Pa.; grandchildren, Jillian Navorouski; Jocelyn Navorouski Keeney and husband, Justin; Lisa Pace Navarro and husband, Sergio; LCDR John Wehrum Gilligan, USN, and wife, Sarah; Kathryn Gilligan; Molly Gilligan and husband, Capt. Brian Haughwout, USAF; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Mulhall; son-in-law, James Navorouski; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Gilligan Navorouski; and a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Bromberger.
Family and friends are invited to John's Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the Mass.
Interment will be in Dunmore Cemetery at the convenience of the family. For everyone's health and safety, those wishing to attend the funeral should be fully vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test 48-72 hours beforehand.
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