In Memoriam

John Bruce Posch

1951 - 2005


An original artwork by artist Bryant W. White (see bottom of page)

August 5, 1951 - January 12, 2005

     The men and women of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment are saddened that our esteemed ranks have been thinned by one. John Posch passed away on the morning of January 12, 2005, from a massive coronary. He joined the unit with his son, Evan, in May of 2003 after Crooked Billet. He preferred his civilian militia impression to a structured military uniform, despite having served in the "real-world" we know as the modern U. S. Navy. Although still considered a newbie to the hobby, John took to the camp and field quickly, finding his way into our hearts and earning the respect of everyone in the unit. His gentle demeanor, kind words and fierce fighting in the face of the enemy will be sorely missed.

     He is survived by his son, Evan, daughter, Amber, and grandson, Valen. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family. We are honored he and Evan chose our unit to be their reenacting family.



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First picture - Crooked Billet - "I think I'll try this reenacting thing"

You couldn't get him to stop smiling

First battle on the field, Brandywine 2003

Getting involved in the "behind the scenes" of the unit

Joining the meeting at Brandywine

Good picture of father and son, Hope Lodge 2003

John got Evan a new coat - July 4th, 2004

Even with a real knee injury, he wouldn't stay off the field

John with new member Chuck at Old Mill Village

John loved his sausage, crackers and cheese

Sharing good food at Moland House

John chats with Noah, aka Ned Hector

John always loved doing the Children's Drill

" Doc, got anything for a headache ? "

His "lighter" side - Fort Mifflin Fright Fest 2004

John - always in the forefront - sans period clothing

Many attended James' retirement from the Air Force

John on the set of "The Chest"

"Hey, I'm going to be in the movies"

Trenton - Jan 2, 2005


This is the picture on which the painting at the top of the page is based

Christmas Day 2004 at

Washington's Crossing

His last battle picture - 

Hope Lodge 2004

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MOVIE: First firing at Fort Mifflin

Guarding dinner at Hope Lodge

Just ten days prior to his passing

John's last reenactment

Trenton - Jan 2, 2005

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MOVIE: Firing a salute at Washington's Crossing

We will miss you ... spaetzel will never be the same without you

Parting shot - Manahawkin 2004

Photo by Laura Troy

May you always have calm seas and the wind at your back

- - - MEMORIAL SERVICE - NOVEMBER 14, 2005 - - -

The family gathers

John's cremation urn

A multitude of photographic memories

The chaplain starts the service

Amber reads a letter to her father

James presents the signed lithograph to Evan

Noah remembers John


Turn on speakers

Taps is played, and the flag presented

The final salute


Showing the changes to the website

Evan and the painting

Group photo

John's obituary appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times, January 14, 2005:

John Bruce Posch

John Bruce Posch, age 53, of Southampton, PA passed away January 12, 2005.  Beloved son of Ruth and Walter Posch, he was the loving father of Amber and Evan Posch, the dedicated grandfather of Valen A. Posch, and the brother of Robert W. of New York, NY.

John was a graduate of William Tennent High School (1969).  He was a former instructor for Moore Educational Services and was a member of Boy Scout Troop #28.  He was a member of DeMolay Houseman Lodge #717.  John served on Patrol Squadron (VP66) Naval Air Station Willow Grove.  He was a volunteer for the PA Railroad Museum.  John was a member of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment which is a Revolutionary War reenactment group.  He was a board member of the Southampton Heritage Trust.

Services private.

Donations in John's honor may be made to 11th Pennsylvania Regiment.  Arrangements by Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Inc.



The painting at the top of the page is an original artwork by renowned historic artist

Bryant B. White


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