Obituary for John "Hen" Lester Showman Jr.

John “Hen” Lester Showman Jr., 97, of Arlington, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Virginia Hospital Center. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 11:30 AM at Christ United Church of Christ in Conicville. Pastor Stephanie Heishman-Litten will officiate. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Showman was born September 15, 1924, in Conicville, son of the late John L. Showman Sr. and Jocelia Sheetz Showman. He was a 1943 graduate of Triplett High School. He was formerly a lead fueler at Allied Fueling Company and served 44 years at the Washington National Airport. Mr. Showman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a First-Class Seaman and Radar Operator aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard.

Mr. Showman is preceded in death by three sisters, Algie Dellinger (Tuck), Gladys Hansberger (Preston), and Elizabeth Ryman (Lewis); and three brothers, Ray Showman, Elwood (Bill) Showman, and Calvin Showman (Helen). John is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nancy Lee Heishman Showman, whom he married on June 10, 1951; two daughters, Brenda A. Showman (Rick Brown) of Bowie, MD and Deborah S. Showman (Jimmy Morgan) of Fredericksburg, VA; two sons, John L. Showman III (Bob Young) of Palmetto, FL and Kevin R. Showman (Tracey) of Falls Church, VA; and two sisters-in-law, Louise Showman and Betty Showman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, 763 Conicville Road, Mount Jackson, VA 22842 or Christ United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 968, Mount Jackson, VA 22842. Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Edinburg.