John was the youngest of three sons born to William and Rosalia on July 14, 1922 in Salem, Ore. He was preceded in death by his brother, Urban “Jack.”
John led a very full and rewarding life. He proudly served as a first lieutenant in the United States 14th Air Force during World War II under Major General C.L. Chennault with the Flying Tigers Squadron. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying B-25 bombers and received the Air Medal for flying C-47 transport aircraft “Over the Hump” in China.
After serving his country, John received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. He moved to Concord in 1949 and worked as a Process Engineer at the Avon Petroleum Refinery in Martinez for 35 years. John enjoyed classical music, fishing, camping, flying, family life and worldwide traveling with his wife.
John also enjoyed the annual family camping trip to Warner Creek in Lassen National Forest. This tradition included all family members and continues today. After retiring, John spent many hours flying his friends and family in his Cardinal Cessna airplane.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Germaine “Geri”; their nine children, Robert (Stephanie), Richard (Janet), Catherine Jenkins, Carol Laird (Timothy), Billy, Mary Anne Johnson (Gilbert), David (Kari), Barbara Barton (Jack), and Michael (Jeannette); 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Lily. John is also survived by his brother, William (Marie).
A vigil, visitation and service were held at Ouimet Brothers on Aug. 5. The funeral Mass was held at Queen of All Saints Church in Concord on Aug. 6, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Association (800-908-2732). We will miss you dearly!