John H. Timken Jr., of Belle Meade, formerly of Pinehurst, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at FirstHealth Hospice House.
Born in Woodcliff, N.J., on July 14, 1928, he was the son of the late J. Henry Timken and Charlotte Gertz Timken. Jack, as he was called, graduated from Verona High School, Verona, N.J., and received a B.S. degree in business administration from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1950. He excelled in track and field events, both in high school and college. He was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and the Scarlett R Club.
Following graduation, Jack was employed by Mennen Corporation and AT&T while waiting induction into the U.S.Navy. In 1951 he entered the U.S. Navy Flight Training in Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned as a naval aviator in 1953. He attended Special Weapons Delivery School, Norfolk, Va., Escape and Evasion Royal Air Force School, England, and the U.S. Air Force Survival School at Stead Air Force Base, Nevada. He was assigned to the USS Midway, Sixth Fleet, Squadron 31, flying Banshee night fighters and discharged as a Lt. JG in 1955.
Following discharge, Jack applied and was accepted with Pan American World Airways in October 1955, flying DC7s, based at JFK International Airport. He advanced to 707s as a co-pilot and then became a captain, and for many years was a 747 captain. He retired in 1988, after 33 years of service. He also acted as a 747 check captain for many years.
While flying with Pan Am, Jack and Aurele lived in North Caldwell, N.J., where he was very active with the West Essex First Aid Squad, and served as chairman of many United Way fund drives. They were members of the Essex Fells Country Club, and Jack was president of Lakeland Colony Corporation, Lake Ariel, Pa.
In 1992, Jack and Aurele moved to Pinehurst and built their retirement home. As members of the Pinehurst Country Club, Jack loved his tennis games (and coffee time) with buddies, as well as many happy hours on the golf courses with good pals. Jack was a volunteer for many years at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital repairing stretchers and wheelchairs. Again, he volunteered with the United Way of Moore County with the allocations committee.
Jack was the consummate “Mr. Fix-it,” loved his workshop and could fix or build anything. He enjoyed time spent with his Labradors, especially Banjo, and times spent boating on Lake Wallenpaupack. Jack and Aurele traveled the world with much enthusiasm, all seven continents, by foot, car, bus, bike and boat.
Jack is survived by his wife, Aurele McNulty Timken. They would have celebrated 63 years of marriage in October. Best friend, a wonderful, giving, faithful husband, the perfect gentleman. He is also survived by Elizabeth (Beth) Timken, of Woodstock Ill.; a brother, William R. Timken (Judy); as well as many nephews and nieces. Jack was predeceased by a sister, Rosemarie Haas.
Friends may call at Boles Funeral Home, Pinehurst, on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2–5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23. Interment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Southern Pines.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.