John R. Hillegass (Jack) of West Grove

John R. Hillegass (Jack), 84, of Jenners Pond in West Grove, died peacefully at Preston Skilled Nursing Facility on Saturday, Sept. 14, under the care of Willow Tree Hospice.

Born in Sellersville, Jack was the son of the late Russell M. Hillegass and Anna Rebecca Hillegass (née Fegley). He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Hillegass (née Hunsberger) with whom he shared 62-plus years of marriage. Also surviving are his daughter, Joan E. Buck and her husband, Robert, and a son, Jeffrey M. Hillegass and his wife, Lisa, along with eight grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by a son, John D. Hillegass.

John R. Hillegass

Jack attended Souderton High School and Lehigh University, where he majored in chemical engineering, graduating with highest honors and becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He started his working career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., in Allentown, then moved into computer analysis and publishing at Auerbach Corporation in Philadelphia. He was a cofounder of Datapro Research Corporation, which later became a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc. He retired from McGraw-Hill Corporation as a publishing executive.

Jack loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and mature. He loved travel and summers at the Jersey shore. He especially loved his church and served faithfully on many committees and in the church choir in whatever community he lived. He was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan, hoping and believing that each season would be "the winning year."

Jack was a dependable, quiet, polite, generous man who led by example. He will be sorely missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 109 E. Doe Run Road, Unionville, PA, 19375. Family and friends are invited to a light luncheon which will be served after the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to : Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (4-stars Charity Navigator), 110 East 42nd St.  New York, NY 10017, online: (Scroll down for box) or to the Lutheran World Relief  (4-stars C.N)  PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297 - 1061  Online:  or, to St Michael Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 178, Unionville, PA  19375

To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove.

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