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John Raymond Wetherholt

  • Birth 25 Jun 1919 Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 7 Dec 1970 Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section 3, Lot 258
  • Memorial ID 9032969

John R Wetherholt, 51, of 523 Kungs Way died Monday Dec 7, 1970 at Saint Joseph Hospital after a long illness. Born in Joliet, Mr. Wetherholt was a member of Maple Lawn Christian Church. He was Superintendent of Safety and Security of Uniroyal in Joliet for the last 5 years and previous to that he was employed in the same capacity in Uniroyal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for 10 years.

A WWII veteran, he served with the 9th Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Mr. Wetherholt was preceded in death by his father, Ross Wetherholt.

The body will be in state at Maple Lawn Christian Church from 1:00 p.m. Wednesday until the services at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Donald Bayse officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation was from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Sontag Wylie Funeral Home. The family suggested donations to the Maple Lawn Christian Church building fund.

He loved his family and died too young from cancer.


Honorable Discharge Document Military: Thu 15 Nov 1945 in Fort Sheridan IL
Note: John R Wetherholt, T Sgt, SIG C AUS, Co C 1709th Signal Service BN
15 Nov 1945 Fort Sheridan Separation Center IL, Radio Operator
Battles: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe

Bronze Star Award
From an undated news clipping (Probably the Joliet Herald Newspaper) with his military photo:

En route home from overseas, T/Sgt. John R. Wetherholt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Wetherholt, 705 West Jasper street, has recently been awarded the Bronze Star medal, it was learned by his wife, the former Merle Thompson, who now resides on Pine street, New Lenox. He was stationed with the ninth air force in England, France, and Germany as a radio operator with a headquarters company. The award was made at Bad Kissingen, Germany. In service since June, 1942, and overseas since December, 1943, Sgt. Wetherholt is a graduate of J.T.H.S. and was employed by the Ruberoid company. He last saw his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Barbara Jean, she was 4 months old, and is looking forward to becoming re-acquainted with the petite youngster.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Raymond Wetherholt (25 Jun 1919–7 Dec 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9032969, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park I, Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by brknhrt (contributor 46623829) .