John Wallen, 74, of Lansdale, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 28th, at Twin Pines Health Care Center, in West Grove, PA, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the husband of Kathleen Wallen of Kennett Square, PA.
John was born in Ashland, KY, to the late Willie and Thelma Dobson Wallen and grew up in Prestonsburg, KY. He earned a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kentucky. In 1972, John accepted a position in the Quality Control Department of Merck & Co., Inc. in West Point, PA, and moved to Lansdale and later, North Wales.
Throughout his life, John was a passionate Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan and enjoyed traveling throughout the country. He also enjoyed playing hide and seek and ball with Holly and Kate, the family poodles.
John is survived by cousins and other family members across the country including two nephews and four nieces in PA. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or Parkinsons.org, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or MichaelJFox.org. Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home of West Grove.
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