Beth, I have never met you and have not spoken to John since I graduated from St Charles in 1980 yet his passing touched me deeply. I was his classmate, attended college on an ROTC scholarship and had a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome. I am sorry for your loss and will make a donation in his memory to the NBMDP.
Our condolences go out to you and your family. Sue sent me your email the other day. I know how much John meant to Drew and Sue and therefore to me.
Paula Kleinschmidt Lepsky
Beth: It is hard for me to write this as the tears are blurring the keyboard at the moment. So, please forgive any misspellings. I was incredibly saddened to hear of John's passing. We shared so many great times, both at St. Charles and afterwards, John at Ohio State and I at the University of Dayton. The summers spent playing tennis under the lights at OSU, learning how to sail at Grigg's Reservoir, nights spent at Plank's and various campus haunts, backyard BBQ's, dinners at the Martin house... John was a true friend, honest, intelligent, fun and genuine. To be John's Best Man at your wedding remains one of my greatest honors. The years and distance have not diminished my affection for both of you. I know this is a very difficult time for you, but take comfort in the fact that there is no more suffering, no more pain, uncertainty, worry, discomfort, anxiety felt by John. Embrace the good times you two shared and remember the ever-present laughter, as I unquestionably will. Requiescat in Pace, John.
John...I remember the first time we met...it was in the fall of 1981 on the Oval at Ohio State and you were recruiting people to join the Sailing Club. I had never sailed and I don't remember what we talked about but I remember thinking you were such a funny guy so I joined. You introduced me to a sport and hobby (sailing) that remains a passion for me all these years. More importantly, you gave me a friendship that lasted 30 years which I will never forget. So many great memories from college and you and the sailing club are a big part of most of them and most recently our vacation to Colorado to see you and Beth before your illness. Thanks John and rest in peace...you're still alive in my mind and in my memories. Your friend always...Mo. God bless you.
Dear Beth, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John was one special guy and we will truly miss him.
I had the pleasure of working with John for a long time (13 yrs). Over those years I heard nothing but positive things about him and believe me, I heard a lot. He always handled himself well and his work ethic was superb. The Air Force Space Command community will have a tough time trying to fill his shoes with just one person, he was the goto person for all things related to the Integrated Tactical Warning Attack Assessment system. Despite his professionalism and superb work ethic he always took the time to simply chat, whether it be about sports, indy racing, a trip he had taken or just ask about your family. He'll be missed by all.
Dear Beth, It was so good to talk with you today. I still can't believe it--it's still so hard to understand. I prayed for such a different outcome yet we trust that God is with us and that John's in the comfort of His arms. We continue to pray for you each day and we praise God for having graced you with such strength and perseverance. I think of your marriage and what a model it was for us. Your love and respect for each other and the obvious joy you felt in each other's company made such a positive impression on us. We'll miss John's laugh and gentle sense of humor. You didn't know it but while we talked on the phone I was running from room to room trying to escape the noisy pleas of my three year old who wanted to play cars with me and who was also crying because of torments from our 7 year old. When that subsided I had to run from my sad-eyed 10 year old who kept following me trying to find out if it was okay to eat a hunk of goat cheese she had found in the refrigerator--all dairy had been banned while they had the flu and she was desperate for cheese! Rather than get mad, when we hung up all I could think was that John would be laughing at this scene and that helped me to laugh, too. His humor and joy touched me even now and I'm better for it. Love and hugs,
Wes and I are sorry for your loss. John took great pride in you and your home. Please know we will help you with anything you need. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
John was such a fun person to work with and was well respected for his knowledge and calm head. I wish I could have donated my sick leave to John, but the system is such that I could not. We will all miss John, and he spoke so highly of his family so I know you all miss him immensely too.
Our thoughts are with you Beth. John touched all of us and we will always remember him. He is truly missed.
So sad to hear. I used to work with John. My deep condolences.
I am so sorry for your loss. We were praying daily for his recovery and continue to pray for you as you go through the hardest of times.
Marilyn and Bruce Eggleston
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I've often wondered about him (and Beth) over the past 15-20 years, since we lost contact. John and I (and Beth!) first met in North Dakota, in a Missile Warning unit, as lieutenants. He was one of T.H.E. funniest people I'd ever met, and was always wisecracking and laughing. We PCS'd, then some time later found we both lived in Colorado Springs, where we again got in touch off and on...but somehow lost touch. To this day, I always think of him laughing it up one night in the BOQ, kicking back with a knit cap on his head, and that silly, mischievous grin on his face. That's how I'll always remember him. Beth, so sorry to hear of his passing; our thoughts go out to you.
I had the pleasure of working with and knowing John while working at AFSPC/A5. He was a great man and I am honored! I know he really fought to stay with us, but the Lord needed him more. I am in total awe of you standing by him during the most difficult fight of your lives...your love, strength, inspiration and faith has touched me beyond words. I think of John, you & Nora on a daily basis and only wish you have the best of memories, laughs, and smiles of the times you had together. May God bless you and give you comfort that John gave you.
Hugs & Loves
I had the pleasure of working with John for over seven years at A5. He will be missed.