John R. Markle Jr. (Johnny), 48, of Walton passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, December 28, 2018 at Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton.
John was born on August 9, 1970 in Norwich, the son of the late John and Jeanette (Wright) Markle. He loved the community of Walton and would spend the remainder of his life where he felt most comfortable surrounded by family and the many friends he had gained. He was a graduate of Walton Central School, class of 1991. John was employed for brief periods of time at D&D Napa, Walton and later for RFI where he worked at the US Soil and Water, Walton. John spent most of his time volunteering throughout the community, which included his favorite position of helping to deliver pizzas at Gramma D’s. John attended New Hope Community Church and was a long-time member of the Walton Grange and a more recent member of the Sons of the American Legion.
John was a proud supporter of the Walton Warriors and had served as manager for the soccer, basketball, and football programs. The family would like to thank Coach Jim Hoover and all those involved in the Walton football program for allowing him to be part of a winning tradition. Being part of the state championship in 2007 was one of the highlights of his life. The family would also like to thank Chris and Doreen for their generous time allowing Johnny to ride shotgun delivering pizzas with Chris. During his many nights delivering food he would often say to Chris “I have a good life” and would list all those important to him.
John enjoyed a very fulfilling life with his family and many friends. He had a passion for country music and had recently saw in concert Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, and Toby Keith. John also loved sports and was a major fan of the New York Yankees, Syracuse Orange basketball, and Clemson football teams. He attended many college and professional games but was most proud of his recent trip to West Point with his cousin Chris. John loved all aspects of the military proudly collected military memorabilia. Johnny also had a love for pets and got very close with Sammy, Daisy, Jack, Carly, Dooney, and Bella. They will all miss him greatly. Johnny also enjoyed simple things like a hot cup of coffee at Gramma D’s and TA’s Place, where everyone treated him like family.
John is survived by his special friend and longtime companion, Rosemary Middlebrooks, many aunts, uncles and cousins; many special friends including Chris and Tammy Brundege, Betty Brundege, Pastors Larry Light and Jack Steele, his favorite uncle, Fred Wright, Justin and Joshua Knapp, Payton Palmatier, Clayton “Junie” Stanton Jr, and the entire Vandemark family who took Johnny under their wings during race season. Johnny touched many lives and leaves behind many friends. Rosemary (Rosey-poo) as Johnny called her was the light of his life and kept a watchful eye over all his needs. They will certainly miss one another.
Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 5 to 6 PM at the New Hope Community Church where services will be held at 6 PM, with Pastor Larry Light officiating. A dinner at the Harby center will follow the service. Johnny would want as many as possible to show pride in the Walton Warriors by wearing Orange and Black.
Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton, NY, 13856, the Wounded Warriors fund, Walton Grange or the Walton Booster Club.