WILLIAMSBURG - John D. Edgerton of Williamsburg, Va., passed away in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 28, 2012, of complications from a long illness, at the age of 84.
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The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3875 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg Va. John Proctor, Chaplain for Patrick Henry Chapter #34 of the Disabled American Veterans will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Nelsen Funeral Home. Burial is being planned at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
John was born in Ashland, Wis., on May 21, 1928. He graduated from Battle Creek High School, Battle Creek, Mich., in 1945, and continued on to receive a BS degree from Michigan State College, after serving in the Marine Corp at the end of WWII.
John was married to Mary Inez Gearing on June 16, 1950; they were married 62 years.
John was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Michigan State in August 1952, and served in combat in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was highly decorated during his Army career, receiving commendations that include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Heroism, multiple Air Medals, and a Purple Heart, while commanding the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He served at the Pentagon in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1965 to 1967, and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk from 1969 to 1971, as he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Upon retirement from the Army in 1971, John became a resident of Williamsburg and began a career as a business leader with positions at Peninsula Savings and Loan and Bay Savings Bank as a vice president and branch manager, and later as the director of Industrial Development for York County.
John continued to be dedicated to serving military veterans and was instrumental in establishing a Peninsula Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Patrick Henry Chapter #34 of the Disabled American Veterans, where he served as the commander of both organizations. He also served as the executive director for the DAV Thrift Stores and grew the retail organization from one to six stores in a 10-year period. He was appointed a "Military Aide de Camp to the Governor of Virginia for the U.S. Army and National Guard" for Governors Allen, Gilmore, Warner, Kaine and McDonnell. He was appointed to Governor Warner's advisory council on veterans service organizations, "Joint Leadership Council of Veteran Service Organizations." He also served on the "Veterans Advisory Council of the Virginia War Memorial." He served on the national level with the MOPH, as the commander, of the Virginia Department. He also founded the "8th Infantry Regiment of Society" as a chapter of the 4th Infantry Association. John served as member of the City of Williamsburg Planning Commission, and was a past president of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club.
John is survived by his spouse, Mary G. Edgerton of Williamsburg; sister, Mary E. Runyard of St. Petersburg, Fla.; children, J. David Edgerton of Chesapeake, Jo Edgerton Heath and her husband, Todd, and Amy E. Rose and her husband, Ruddy of Richmond, and Thomas William Edgerton and his wife, Angela of Bedford; grandchildren, Katherine T. Rose and Sarah H. Rose of Richmond, Emily M. Edgerton and Todd E. Edgerton of Chesapeake, Candice P. Heath of Hampton, and Thomas Elias Edgerton of Bedford; and other family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Emerson William Edgerton and Josephine Goold Edgerton; and sister, Martha E. Sovern of Battle Creek, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Patrick Henry Chapter #34 of the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 372, Norge, VA 23127.
The family of John D. Edgerton wishes to thank Our Lady of Hope, in Richmond, Va., for their compassionate and loving care that was provided during the last two years of his life. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2012