John L. Cleary passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Mount St. Francis in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 94.
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John was born and grew up in Omaha Nebraska and joined the service for WWII where he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as a Sergeant in Squadron B, 1072nd Army Air Force earning two Bronze Stars in the Guinea and Papuan Campaigns, American Defense Service Medal, good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Five Overseas Service Bars and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor.
John was the head bartender at McHenry's Tail of the Cock on Restaurant Row in Beverly Hills, California, for over 40 years until his retirement in 1987. John and his wife, Virginia, moved to Colorado Springs in 1993.
His main interest was fishing, whether off-the-coast in Southern California or in any of the nearby lakes in the Colorado Springs area.
He is preceded in death by both parents John Cleary and Vera Redvelski, his wife Virginia, and daughters Patricia Poos and Donna Elliott.
John is survived by his daughter Kathleen Van Antwerp, son-in-laws Ken Van Antwerp, Lynn E. Poos and Robert L. Elliott, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
John will be buried this summer, June 20, 2014 at 12:30 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation (2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO., 80906) or Mt. St. Francis Nursing Center (7550 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, CO., 80919).
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 6, 2014