John K. "Jack" Walrath, 84, of Malta Gardens, died Tuesday Sept. 4, at Mary's Haven, Saratoga Springs, after an extended illness. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., May 15, 1928, son of the late Harry and Doris Kenney Walrath, he grew up in Johnstown and was a 1947 graduate of Johnstown High.
In 1949, Jack joined the U.S. Air Force and served honorably for 23 years, retiring in 1972. Retiring as a Technical Sergeant, Jack served most of his career as a security police specialist. During his years, Jack served on a number of U.S. bases, and also served in England, Okinawa, Japan among others.
A member of the Non-Commissioned Officers Assoc., the American Legion Post 490, Stillwater and the DAV, Jack enjoyed fishing and hunting, and the company of family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Cecelia "Jill" Sheffer Walrath, whom he married Sept. 14th, 1957. Also survived by his son John K. Walrath of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., sister in law Ellen (Henry) Palmieri of Mechanicville and a number of cousins.
Jack's family thanks the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Saratoga Hospital, especially A-3 and the staff at Mary's Haven for the care, compassion and concern to Jack and his family.
A burial service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at noon at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville.
There are no other formal services.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mary's Haven, 35 New St., Saratoga Springs, 12866 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Ks 66675, in memory of John K. Walrath.
DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Mechanicville is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.devito-salvadorefh.com to leave condolences and for directions.