John Thorn Updike, 68, of Martinsburg, passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by family, on Feb. 12, 2013.
Born June 12, 1944, in Douglas, Ga., he was the son of the late Mary Charlotte Thorn Updike and Gail Ward Updike.
John graduated from Massanutten Military Academy and Shepherd College, where he became a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity. He worked in the family business, Burkhart Oil Company, and went on to establish other local businesses John’s Pool Supplies and Updike LLC. He was a Quiet Birdman, and a member of the Masonic Lodge Equality No. 44, and Scottish Rite. John was an avid Thunderbird collector, and loved other antique cars as well.