John David Estes of DeLand Florida, passed away of natural causes on April 12, 2012 at 82. Mr. Estes is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Cirello Estes of DeLand; two sons, Ken Estes and his wife, Kay, of Paisley, and Ronald John Estes and his wife, Angela, of Knoxville, Tenn. He had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. John was born in Columbus, Ohio on 4 May 1929. He attended Newark College of Engineering and Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey. He worked for the Brunswick Corporation for 35 years taking him and his family on a journey from Lodi, New Jersey to Harrisburg, PA; Muskegon, MI; Lincoln, NE; and finally to DeLand, FL in 1973. He retired from Brunswick in May 1992. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in DeLand, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 for 30 years and served two terms as Exalted Ruler. He was made a Life Member in 2008. He was an active volunteer in the Volusia County Sheriff's Citizen Observer Program for 15 years where he served seven years as the Director of the District 2 (DeLand) COP operations. He was honored as the "Volunteer of the Year" in 1999 by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. He received the President Bush's Call to Service Award in 2005. He had been a registered Little League Umpire while living in New Jersey where he officiated at district and regional playoff games. He was the Director of Little League Baseball in Muskegon Michigan in 1969. He coached Pop Warner Football over a period of 17 years in Michigan, Nebraska and Florida. He was an entrepreneur having started several businesses. He enjoyed oil painting, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles but most of all being with friends and family. His life was exemplified by love and devotion to family, compassion for others, and emphasized the importance of friendships and community service. We will miss him dearly. John's memorial service was held in DeLand at Lankford Funeral Home April 17, 2012. The Volusia County Sheriff's Citizens on Patrol provided the Honor Guard. The DeLand Elks Lodge 1463 provided memorial services. Deacon Ed Rinderle of St. Peter's Catholic Church presided over interment services at Oakdale Cemetery in DeLand, Florida.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on April 22, 2012