John Novak, 92, WWII vet, worked at Olmsted Air Force Base, model airplane aficionado

By on August 3, 2016

John Novak, 92, of Lititz, passed away July 21, 2016.

He was the son of the late John Novak Sr. and Hilda Mae Lesser Novak.

Mr. Novak is survived by his three daughters: Marie, wife of Terry Ebersole, of Lancaster; Clare Novak of Chester Springs; and Jackie Stouffer of Tampa, Fla.; as well as two grandchildren: Dr. Kristie Berkstresser, wife of Kyle Berkstresser; and Adam Ebersole, both of Lancaster.

He is preceded in death by Rita Shrader Novak, his wife who passed away in 2005; as well as his sisters: Janice and LeAnn Novak Yaworski.

John was born April 15, 1924, in Freeland. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a hydraulics specialist and aircraft mechanic, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He continued his career working at the Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown; and then at the Defense General Supply in Richmond, Va. John extended his love of aircraft as an avid hobbyist; building, collecting and flying model airplanes competitively. His extensive interests included railroads, photography, fishing, history and reading.

Services were held July 27 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

The best memorial is to choose a fine day with a light breeze and remember: “It’s a good day for flying.”

In lieu of flowers, please support Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529; or Disabled Veterans, at

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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