GILBERTSVILLE — John B. Sloan, 83, of Gilbertsville, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at the Kingston Hospital after a prolonged illness.
He was born Sept. 20, 1919, in the town of Butternuts, the son of Brice and Mamie (Haines) Sloan.
He lived most of his life in Gilbertsville, where he graduated from Gilbertsville Central School in 1937.
He married Beulah Birdsall in June of 1940. He worked at Scintilla of Sidney from 1940 until 1943, when he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the European Theater of operations during World War II in the 102nd Infantry division as a machine gunner having fought in the "Battle of the Bulge," and was discharged in 1946.
Throughout the years he worked at various jobs including working at the Gilbertsville School as a custodian, where he also ran the projector for the Saturday night movies.
He moved to Florida in the mid 1950s and worked as a sheet metal mechanic for Radiation Company until he returned to Gilbertsville in 1962. He then worked for Scintilla, Bennett Ireland and retired from Simmonds Precision as a toolmaker in 1980.
He was fire chief of the Gilbertsville Fire Department during the early 1950s. He was also very active in the American Legion for over 50 years and served as Otsego County Commander in 1969.
He enjoyed throwing horseshoes and gardening.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beulah; his sister, Ada Sloan of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Bernt Hansen of Zephyrhills, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Mary Sloan of Gilbertsville, a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Myra Sloan of Gilbertsville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A brother, Bill Sloan; a son, Jim Sloan; and a grandson, Eric Nesbitt predeceased him.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the Presbyterian Church in Gilbertsville and burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on April 3, 2003.
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