Class of 1944

1944 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily Journal
John Postelwait

Pvt. John Postelwait, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Postelwait, 727 Seventh, is serving somewhere in the Pacific area with an anti-aircraft unit.

John was born at Painesville, Ohio, August 12, 1925. He attended grade school at Painesville, and received his high school training at Freemont and at Perry. He is a member of the Baptist church, and after his discharge from military service, he plans to take up diesel engineering.

John entered the service November 3, 1943, and received his basic military training at Camp Callan, Calif.

John Wesley Postelwait

12 August 12, 1925 – October 3, 1981

John Postelwait, 56, Arkansas City, formerly of Perry, died at noon Saturday after an illness of several weeks.

Postelwait, the son of Charles and Hazel (Scott) Postelwait, was born Aug. 12, 1925, at Painesville, Ohio. He grew up in the Perry community and was a graduate of Perry high school. He and Vada Sloan were married at Perry March 23, 1950.

Postelwait was an employee of the United States Postal Service at Arkansas City. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, serving with the United States Army. He was a member of the Crescent lodge, AF&AM, the Scottish Rite Temple, the Midian Shrine, Order of Eastern Star and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to Mrs. Postelwait, of the home, survivors include three sons, John and Dale, both of Arkansas City; and Mark, of Dickinson, N.D.; a daughter, Carla, of Topeka, Kan.; his father, Charles Postelwait, Perry; a brother, Richard Postelwait, Perry; three sisters, Mrs. Ellsworth Sunderland, Mrs. Dorothy Pontious and Mrs. Barbara Blair, all of Enid; and six grandchildren.

He was a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. William Sloan, Perry; and a brother-in-law of Leo Sloan, also of Perry.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rindt-Erdman Memorial chapel at Arkansas City with Rev. William E. Bowles officiating. Masonic graveside rites will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Carmel cemetery, north of Perry. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital.