John C. "Mr. Baseball" Fickinger
Published in the Republican & Herald on 8/8/2008
John C. "Mr. Baseball" Fickinger, 74, of 21 S. 15th St., Ashland, a resident of the Mount Carmel Nursing Centre, passed away Thursday at the Shamokin Hospital with his family by his side.
Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Carl and Frances Dietz Fickinger.
An Army marksman, he served during the Korean Conflict.
He was a professional baseball player from 1952 to 1960, affiliated with Jamestown, N.Y., Detroit Tigers, Augusta, Ga., Tigers, Nashville, Tenn., Vols., Birmingham, Ala., Barons, Lancaster Red Roses, and Louisville, Ky., Colonels.
He served as vice president and was on the board of directors. He took great care of the field for the Ashland Little League for more than 50 years. He also coached Ashland Teener League and Northern Valley Legion baseball teams.
He was a member of the St. Mauritius Church, Washington Fire Company, the American Legion and the Good Fellowship Club, all in Ashland. He was a member of the Bull Rush Cabin, Renovo. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the Ashland Recreation Committee.
He loved to be around his family.
He was self-employed as a milkman for many years. He retired from delivering newspapers for The REPUBLICAN & Herald.
Surviving are his wife, Anna Kripplebauer Fickinger; three sons, David and his wife, Cindy Fickinger, Ashland, Kirk and his wife, Lou Anne Fickinger, Ashland, and Carl and his fiancee, Lynn Fickinger, Ashland; three daughters, Lona and her husband, Ken Schreffler, Lavelle, Susan and her husband, Ron Mattes, North Carolina, and Ann and her husband, Glen Barwicki, Kulpmont; grandchildren, Kenny and John Schreffler, Jessica Krevinas, Matthew and Katlynn Fickinger, Derek Fickinger, Nicole, Ronald Jr., Amber Mattes, Corinna Rawa, Glenn Joseph Barwicki Jr., Angel Barwicki, Anthony, Michael and Chelsea Fickinger; great-grandchildren, Dustin Schreffler and Jodi Fickinger; several nieces and nephews; and a dog, Ginger.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Glenn Francis Barwicki.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mauritius Church, Ashland. Interment will be in St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. Viewing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, has charge.