John Wallen

July 22, 1943 - November 28, 2017 Lansdale, PA | Age 74 Loving Husband, Uncle, Cousin and Friend

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, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home of West Grove.

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  1. We will miss you..sleep and rest in peace!
    Ron Williams & Company

    Dea Rogers | December 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  2. RIP John. You were a great “leader’ of the international brigade.

    Neil & Pat Mathews | December 9, 2017 at 12:05 PM
  3. What are the chances of having a brother-in-law and husband both born on July 22nd, both being an only child, and both chemists? It was easy to remember John’s birthdate. John loved our kids, Nick and Diana, and was a great uncle. He took special attention when they were little to always find the perfect birthday or Christmas gift. For Nick it was dinosaurs or Godzilla items; for Diana it was kitty cat items or sparkly bracelets.
    When the kids were little and Uncle John was healthier, he would either drive up to Bear Creek or we would meet half way so he could spend time with them. Nick liked having sleepovers at Uncle John’s and they formed a special bond. There were many adventures to Dino Land, Merrymead Ice Cream, or Blockbuster’s (for Godzilla movies). As time marched on, conversations turned to sports which included Nick’s soccer and football games, John’s Kentucky Wildcats, and what was happening with our team-the Green Bay Packers. Diana kept Uncle John up to date on her gymnastics and dance lessons.
    Our family conversations continued but now it was about the kids visiting different colleges and which one to choose. Nick and Uncle John had many talks about Nick choosing chemistry as a major: the labs, the tests, the summer internship. For Diana she was just starting college and didn’t get to share her experiences with him. We are blessed to have so many memories.
    Parkinson’s may have robbed John of his mobility and independence but it didn’t rob him of his sense of humor or his caring. As his own health was deteriorating he often spoke about his attending Parkinson Support Groups and how he hoped he could help others accept and deal with the diagnosis. To quote Michael J. Fox “We may each have our own individual Parkinson’s, but we all share one thing in common. HOPE” It was a long twenty years for John. We hope he is at peace and we find solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering. We will remember him fondly and we will be his voice each March Madness (GO WILDCATS).
    We Love You!

    Lynn, Stan, Nick and Diana | December 8, 2017 at 1:48 PM
  4. I first got to know John working at Morgandale, and painting his front door. I visited John many times over the years and we always talked sports, especially Basketball and the Kentucky Wildcats. I always brought John a printed TV schedule for the season.
    I would show John pictures of my family, and we would talk about family and life. We would laugh a lot and have some serious discussions about what was going on in the world. He would call me if I didn’t visit for awhile.
    I’ll always remember the picnic with John and Shawn at Fisher’s Park, and having dinner at a restaurant with Shawn, John, Jerry and myself. We all laughed and had a good time together. I’ll miss those discussions and visits.
    “Rest In Peace John”
    Your friend Jeff Derstein

    Jeff Derstein | December 7, 2017 at 8:29 PM
  5. I will always remember the zany escapades we had in the QC lab and the many Sunday morning bike rides. Thanks for the memories and
    may you rest in peace my friend.

    Thomas Happ | December 6, 2017 at 9:07 PM

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