I am Johnny's cousin as our mothers were sisters. It is sad to lose another of the 13 we once were. I give you my sympathy and thoughts. It was good to read the messages of those who worked with Johnny. I always enjoyed our visits as there would be many of his hearty laughs. I am glad to find your Memorial suggestion at this site. Please know that my sympathies are with you. Lucille Olson (Thomas) Loftesnes, Margaret's daughter
My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the promise that soon death will be no more... and never again will we have to bury our love ones again. (Rev.12:3,4)
With Deep Sympathy
So sorry to hear of John's passing. When I first joined GD in 1963, I shared an office with John in the "bowling alley". This was a small long office off of one of the labs that we referred to as the bowling alley because of it's length and narrowness.
As has been said previously, everyone remembers John's happy go lucky attitude and his always whistling and chewing on his beloved pipe!
John was a brilliant engineer and a true gentleman that will surely be missed by his friends and family.
John was a coworker and a neighbor. I will always think of him as "the whistler". I liked to go past his office at G. D. and whistle a couple bars of "Old Black Magic". He immediately would start whistling that song. Same for any other song. I called him an "injection-lock Brustad" (EE's will understand that). He was smart as the dickens and a really great guy to work with. It was great knowing you, John. If there is a heaven, St. Peter is hearing Old Black Magic as I write this.
My condolences in your loss but know that you have many wonderful memories. I first met John in 1975. He was one of the first engineers I worked with and my mentor for many years. We both worked in Section 6-259 and received the GD's Engineer of the Year Award in 1979. I will always remember John walking the halls of Bldg 4 whistling a tune.