ANDOVER — John N. Billings, 59, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2007).


Mr. Billings was born Dec. 5, 1947, in Wellsville, to John W. and Syble (Winchell) Billings. He was a 1967 graduate of Andover Central School. He served in the United States Marines in Vietnam from 1968-69, receiving a purple heart. On Sept. 5, 1970, he married Denise Collins in Wellsville, who survives.

John worked for Frontier Telephone for 36 years from 1971 to present.

John is survived by two sons, Jered Billings, of Andover, and Tyler Billings, of Corning; four brothers, David (Tena) Billings, of Bath, Donald Billings, of Wellsville, Edward (Bonnie) Billings, of Whitesville, and Paul (Diana) Winchell, of Belmont; five sisters, Judy Billings, Priscella (Robert) Thompson and Rose Mary (David) Munkes, all of Wellsville, Josephine (Ken) Sheppard, of Staverton, England, and Ella (Larry) McGinnis, of Andover; a sister-in-law, Kathy Winchell, of Wellsville; two granddaughters, Kayla Wycoff and Aleeya Billings; one uncle; four aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Winchell and Roger Winchell.

John was a past president of Andover Lions Club, past commander of Andover American Legion and served on the Allegany County Fair Board. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan and loved to golf and fish. But mostly, he was a loving dad, grandfather and uncle and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Andover. The funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor Larry Gerdes of St. Mark Lutheran Church of West Henrietta, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Wellsville Daily Reporter; Wellsville, NY