J. Kenneth Stern, Jr., 85, of Martinsburg, passed away on July 22, 2019 at Homewood in Martinsburg. He was born on September 4, 1933 in Lancaster; son of the late J. Kenneth, Sr. and Rhoda (Cowan) Stern. He spent his early years growing up in Long Meadow, Massachusetts. On June 12, 1955; he was united in marriage to Loa Joan (Packard) Stern who survives.
Mr. Stern was a graduate of Wilson High School in Washington D.C. and Penn State University. He served 14 years in the United States Air Force; graduating first in his pilot training class of 57-I, and attained the rank of Captain. Following the Air Force, Mr. Stern was employed by Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven. During his time here, he frequently flew as executive pilot for the company’s founder W.T. Piper.
Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Stern owned and operated several businesses; Appalachia House Mail Order Company, Homer’s Gap Orchards and Vineyards, Stern Tire Wholesalers, and Fog Hollow Studio. Ken and Joan enjoyed traveling the U.S. and abroad whether it be camping, hiking, music, or boating.
He was an involved member of the Trinity Methodist Church in Roaring Spring and a choir member for over 40 years. Mr. Stern was the Vice-Chairman of the Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority, President of the Altoona-Blair County Photographic Society, a past member of the Altoona Lions Club, and enjoyed volunteering at the United Way of Roaring Spring/Blair County, and Meals on Wheels.
Surviving are his wife Joan; son Gregory Stern (Kathleen) of Point of Rocks, Maryland; son Christopher Stern of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter Amy Sloan (Robert) of Knoxville, Maryland; brother Gary Douglas who lives overseas; as well as three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by sister Elinor Edmiston and infant sister Katherine.
At the request of the deceased there will be no Viewing. Funeral Services will be private and at the discretion of the family. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home, LLC (weaversfh.com); Woodbury.
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