John Thorn Updike

June 12, 1944February 12, 2013

John Thorn Updike, 68, of Martinsburg WV, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by family on February 12, 2013.

Born June 12, 1944, in Douglas, Georgia, he was the son of the late Mary Charlotte Thorn Updike and Gail Ward Updike.

John graduated from Massanutten Military Academy and Shepherd College, where he became a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a Business Fraternity. He worked in the family business, Burkhart Oil Company, and went on to establish other local businesses John’s Pool Supplies and Updike LLC. He was a Quiet Birdman, and a member of the Masonic Lodge Equality #44, and Scottish Rite. John was an avid Thunderbird collector, and loved other antique cars as well. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, pilot, businessman and friend.

He will be deeply missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Alma Jean Updike; three children, Rhonda Boyer and husband Randy, Mary Gail Updike and husband Rick Stotler, and John Thorn Updike II; four grandchildren, Payton Boyer, Karsyn Boyer, Spencer Updike, and Colton Stotler and two faithful dogs, Lucy and Snuggles. Also surviving is his brother, Ronald Gail Updike.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday evening, February 14, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rosedale Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Friday, February 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Rosedale Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Lowrey officiating,

Interment following at Rosedale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Ct. Martinsburg, WV 25401


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2013

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Dillon Walsh

March 30, 2013

"John you were a great family friend and you will be missed greatly by everyone" !

February 19, 2013

JT, Sorry to hear about your dad. He and I were fraternity brothers in college. He will be missed. Calvin Whittington

February 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Alma, your children and granchildren. If you need a friend, just call.
Judy Knorr

Charles Hanshew

February 15, 2013

Very sorry to read of the passing of John,he was a great guy and a friend.
Peace be with the whole family.

The McDaniel Family

February 15, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very nice man and I will always remember that smile. The thoughts of many are with the family. May your memories bring you comfort

Tina Payton

February 14, 2013

We will miss you, much love and comfort to Alma and the family.

Lisa DiBartolomeo-Jackson

February 14, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Gods peace be with you. Sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.

Lisa DiBartolomeo-Jackson

Rock Spring Church

February 14, 2013

Dear Alma, Rhonda, Mary Gail and John,
We are praying for all of you during this very difficult time. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. May God comfort you now and in the days to come.

shirley pannuty-cooper

February 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are very sorry to hear John has left us he will be missed. Thank you for sharring a great pic of him

Sue Leatherman

February 14, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss and we send you and your family our sympathys. Sue (Friddle) and Charley Leatherman