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John William Neidhart, Jr. (Jack), 75, passed away June 5, 2018 in Durham, NC from complications related to treatment for cancer.  He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Jack was born on July 25, 1942 to Kathryn Deiterly Neidhart and John William Neidhart, Sr. in Greensburg, PA.  Jack completed Air Force ROTC at Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.  He served at numerous installations throughout the US and was deployed to Thailand in support of operations in Vietnam and Korea. 

After leaving the Air Force in 1968 at the rank of Captain, Jack joined the Caterpillar Tractor company as a factory representative and earned an MBA from University of New Hampshire.  He progressed through various positions at Caterpillar dealerships around the country finishing his career at Alban Tractor as Regional Manager.  In retirement, Jack enjoyed living in Calabash, NC.   Throughout his life Jack loved teaching and did that at every opportunity.  He was a guest lecturer at American University and a substitute teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland and in Horry County, South Carolina.  He also taught Sunday School and served as a Stephen’s Minister for Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, NC. where he was an active and faith filled member.

Jack’s favorite pastimes were snow skiing, sailing and spending time with his family and many friends.  He skied with his family at resorts across the US, Canada and Europe, finally hanging up his skis at the age of 70.  He owned two different sailboats in his life in which he cruised the Chesapeake Bay and traveled the Intercoastal Waterway to Florida and again upon moving to North Carolina.  He also enjoyed traveling, wood working and had a never-ending curiosity about how things work.  Jack had a knack for fixing things.  He never hesitated to make repairs to cars, boats or anything around the house and was an enthusiastic helper for any project undertaken by family or friends.

Jack is survived by his longtime partner Sarah Roemmelt, sons Curt (Pam) Neidhart of Olney, MD, Keith (Leigh) Neidhart of Franklin, TN, daughter Stacy (David) Welch of Bethesda, MD, grandsons Christopher, Kevin, Connor and Owen Neidhart, granddaughters Allison and Kathryn Welch, Abigail and Madelyn Neidhart, and sister Mary Shumaker.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, brother James Neidhart and brother-in-law William Shumaker.

Friends and family will be received at Camp United Methodist Church at 4807 Main Street, Shallotte, NC 28459 on June 23, 2018 at 1:00 with a celebration of Jack’s life to follow at 2:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Camp United Methodist Church (http://campumc.org/donate) or Duke HomeCare & Hospice (https://www.gifts.duke.edu/daa).


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  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ American Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
    Sarah, we are so very sorry to hear about Jack. Our deepest sympathy for you & your family. Know that you are in our prayers!
    ~ Bill & Patti Lynne   Florence,Ky
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    We met Jack and Sarah on a cruise to St.Petersburg and thought what a lovely couple they were. We stayed in touch and met again in London. We are devastated to learn that Jack has passed away,. He was such a lovely man. Lots of love to Sarah and our heartfelt condolences. Terry and Eric
    ~ Terry and Eric Bosshard   Chislehurst, Kent, UK
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    we are thinking of you and send our love and prayers to you and your family. we will be there with our hearts and spirit.
    ~ steve and joan evans   west winfield, NY
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    We're so sorry to hear you are mourning the recent loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez