John "Jack" Thomas Cave 1929 - 2013 John Thomas Cave was born March 4, 1929 in Redfield, Iowa. John joined the marines in August 1946, he was a patriot and took great pride in his country. He served in Panama from 1947-1949 and then went on to Korea in 1950. Upon leaving the marines in 1952 John went to work for the Safeway Chain and remained there until he retired in 1988. Among the many accomplishments in John's life was his family. He is survived by his sister Marilyn Neal and wife Carol Sue Cave; they were married for 33 years and between the two of them had 7 children, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter due in May. John was a loving husband, a father you could depend on, and a doting grandfather. John was active in the local VFW and Korean War Veteran's Association. John's involvement and perseverance led to the Korean War Memorials that you see along Highways 99 & 58, he has received much notoriety for his role in making the memorials a reality. John makes true the statement, Once a Marine Always a Marine! Jack passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at home in Bakersfield, California. A special thank you to Dr. Bilson, Dr. Yein, and Dr. Ho from Kaiser and the staff at Hoffmann Hospice. Chapel Service for John Cave will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Bakersfield National Cemetery (30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd.). For additional information please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 10, 2013