John Charles Hettler Jr.

September 19, 1966 ~ September 28, 2023 (age 57) 57 Years Old

John Hettler Jr. Obituary

John Charles Hettler, Jr., 57, of Long Run Road, Franklin Township, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Carbon Campus.  He was the loving husband of Melodie Kleintop Hettler.

Born in Lehighton on September 19, 1966, he was the son of Viola (Hunsicker) Hettler and the late, John C. Hettler, Sr.

John was a 1985 graduate of Lehighton High School. He last worked at U.S. Cold Storage, the Borough of Weissport and the Borough of Lehighton. He was discharged from the U.S. Army, Airborne Division in 1991, and the National Guards in 1996.

John was involved with the Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans.  He was an avid collector of many items; his favorites were swords, knives and hats.  He enjoyed attending the Renaissance Fairs, vendor/craft shows with his wife, and spending time with his family and friends.

John was a member of the Lehighton Pool League and the East Penn Sporting Club.

Surviving in addition to his beloved wife and dogs, Cocoa, Freckles and Bella; and his mother and her companion, Dennis Getz; is a son, Kevin Smith (Hilary); a daughter, Amanda Hettler; a stepson, Josh Whitaker (Stephanie); a stepdaughter, Amanda Hansen (Nathan); grandchildren, Riley Smith and Elijah and Josiah Hettler; step grandchildren, Lilyanna, Aryah, and Jeremyah Whitaker and Eric and Ethan Hansen; a brother, Bruce Hettler (Sharon); a sister, Michele Hettler Behler (Lonnie); nieces and nephews, Amber Hettler Tresslar (Justin), Bruce Hettler, Jr. (Caitlin), Glenn Hibbler, Jr. (Elizabeth)and Thera Hibbler; mother-in-law, Linda Billig, brother-in-law, Mitch Kleintop (Linda); as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service: A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Rod & Gun Club, Bowmanstown.

Arrangements by Ovsak Funeral Home, Lehighton. Online condolences can be offered at

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