Jack B. Tomlinson, 87, Korean War Frogman, Armstrong supervisor, enjoyed painting and woodworking

By on December 7, 2016

Jack B. Tomlinson, 87, of Lititz, passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, while listening to the song, “You Can Let Go Now, Daddy.”

Born in Lancaster, Jack was the son of the late George and Ruth (Bauer) Tomlinson. On Sept. 8, 1952, Jack married the love of his life, Patricia A. (Faltine) Tomlinson, with whom he recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.

After graduating high school, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served as a Frogman, predecessor of the Navy Seals, during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1954. As a Frogman, Jack designed the “Freddy the Frog” emblem for the U.S. Navy, proudly displayed at the Navy Seal Museum, in Fort Pierce, Fla. He was mentioned in three best-selling novels for his work in the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT).

Following his honorable discharge, Jack went on to work for Armstrong World Industries as a general production supervisor where he retired after 45 years of service. During his career with Armstrong he earned his associate degree in business at Franklin & Marshall College.

Family and faith were both important to Jack, who faithfully attended Catholic services with his wife and family for many years. He was very artistic and enjoyed painting and woodworking. Jack also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Jack leaves behind his children: Jack P. Tomlinson, husband of Jana, of Manheim; Joy Dull, wife of Michael, of Manheim; and Keith Tomlinson, of Lititz; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother: Norman Tomlinson, husband of Barbara, of Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his son: Scott Tomlinson; and a brother and two sisters.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Family and friends will be received at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack’s name to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

To leave the family an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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