Harry John Deter Jr.

Born in Cumberland, MD on June 25, 1949

Departed on February 23, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Harry John Deter Jr. of Hendersonville, passed away on Sunday, February 23rd at the age of 70. Preceded in death by his parents, Harry John Deter Sr. and Marian Theresa Mason and brother, Timmy Allen Deter. Survived by his wife of 48 years, Lena Louise Despin Deter, children; Jonathan Deter (Melissa Abasciano) and Stephanie Deter (Frank Trammell), grandchildren; Jamison, Henry and Catherine Deter, Sydney and Nicholas Trammell, sisters; Ann Malaga and Mary Catherine Klein. John is also survived by his Pembrooke Welsh Corgis, Jayde and Kady, along with many extended family and friends.

John “Buddy”, was born on June 25th, 1949 in Cumberland, Maryland. He was a United States Navy disabled veteran where he was a pipefitter and attached to the USS L.Y. Spear. After retirement from the Navy, he was a military policeman with the United States Soldier System Command in Natick, Massachusetts. John worked as a CNC operator with ATF Davidson in Whitinsville, Massachusetts and was a pro paint expert with Home Depot.

John enjoyed model railroading and had quite the collection of model trains. He also did landscaping and renovating. He could fix and create anything from parts. He enjoyed vacationing with his family and a favorite destination was Papoose Pond. John was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren. He protected those he loved and always put others before himself. No matter what the odds were, he would find a way to succeed and move forward. John was a devoted, strong and loving man with a sense of humor. His family described the perfect setting to honor John would be having a memorial at a camp site with trains going by. John will be forever loved and missed by all those that knew him.

A celebration of life service for John will be held at Cornerstone Church, 726 W Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, TN 37115, on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 2pm, officiated by Pastor Galen Davis. Military Honors will follow the service at the church. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in remembrance of John Deter can be done the following ways: Checks can be made out to the TVHS or Tennessee Valley with the notation (memo line) FCP9136 and given at the celebration of life service or go to tennesseevalley.va.gov/giving and use the FCP9136 to designate to the Vet Center.

5 Comments to Harry John Deter Jr.

  1. Denise Rurka
    February 26, 2020 11:46 am

    Will miss John greatly. My heart goes out to all family members. Love always Denise

  2. Tracy Swett
    February 27, 2020 7:47 am

    I am so very sorry for all your loss. John was such a nice man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Patricia Conley
    February 27, 2020 6:14 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. John was a sweet man and loved by all. We’re glad to have had a bit of time with you both last year. Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy. Love, Tom and Pat

  4. Penny Socia Cooney
    February 27, 2020 10:44 pm

    John you were Awesome! Lived teasing me all the time, a great hugger, always smiling and a great conversationalist. I have had many great memories with the family and always enjoyed seeing you and Lenar when you were home. Rest easy buddy I know I’ll see you again one day. Say hi to pops Deep in and As Ma for me. Lena, Steph, and Jonathan my love and prayers to you all.❤

  5. Vanessa Johnson
    March 14, 2020 10:04 am

    Our condolences to Lena and the family. John will be greatly missed by all. He has touched so many lives whether it was an acquaintance or someone he knew forever.
    I enjoyed talking to him and you never knew what the conversation would look like, it could leave you scratching your head, laughing, or saying are you serious. Either way, it was a great conversation. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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