He was born the third of five children to the late John and Katheryn Mallery. The family lived on Stillwater Road near Sugar Grove for many years.
He attended Forest Grade School and Lottsville High School. He later graduated from Penn State in 1938 with a degree in Vocational Agriculture and from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in School Administration.
John Mallery taught vocational agriculture and was a County Supervisor of Vocational Agriculture in Mercer and Venango Counties for ten years. In 1954 he was elected Warren County Superintendent of Schools.
He retired in 1968 and spent six years as principal of secondary schools in Sierra Leone and Nigeria under the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
Mr. Mallery was active in Rotary Club, Joseph Warren Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons where he was a Past Master, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templer, Coudersport Consistory, and Warren Camp of Gideons International.
Mr. Mallery was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Warren where he was a Sunday School teacher, Lay Leader, and served on many other committees and boards at the local and Conference levels.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and hiking. He had hiked most of the North Country Trail, often with his grandsons.
John Mallery, Jr. was married to Hazel Luella McCurdy in 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents brothers Kenneth Mallery and Rodney Mallery, and grandson John Norman Mallery.
He is survived by his wife; a brother, Harold Mallery of Lakewood N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Crosby of Alliance, Ohio; a daughter, Dolores Neuroth of Harrisville, N.Y.; a son, Robert Mallery of Pittsburgh, PA; eight grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penn. Ave., E., Warren, PA from 24 and 79 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, and on Wednesday, at the Grace United Methodist Church for one hour prior to a funeral service to be held there at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kevin Haley, pastor, officiating.
Members of the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge will perform their ritual at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Internment will be in Wrightsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Warren Gideons, or a charity of your choice.