Ferencik, John J.
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John J. Ferencik, 88, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center, Cedar Rapids. He was born May 4, 1925 in Endicott, NY to Frank and Sodonia Ferencik. John was one of seven children and attended Union Endicott High School. In June 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Solomon Islands, Pacific Theater, Qingdao, China 1949, Mediterranean during Korean War, Korea, Imjun River post cease fire, Portsmouth Naval Prison Guard duty, honor guard for King of Sweden's funeral in 1950, U.S. Embassy Marine Guard, Cairo, Egypt and Rabat, Morocco from 1957-1959, Marine Corps Recruiter in Buffalo, NY from 1965-1966, Served in Vietnam War at Chu Lai, from 1966-67, and was honorably discharged in 1967 with rank of Master Sergeant. On June 7, 1959, he married Laura Lloyd. Laura passed away in 1983. John and Laura were also foster parents from 1970-1982 as they fostered over ten children. John worked as a security guard at Collins (later Rockwell-Collins Aviation) and also Duane Arnold Energy Plant; worked during the mid 1970's as a machinist at Link-Belt Crane and Excavator; overtime laborer at Wilson Meat Packing; formarly retired from Rockwell International in the late 1980's and worked odd jobs such as detasseling corn and delivering newspapers.
John enjoyed attending the Cedar Rapids Symphony and Old Creamery Theatre performances, routinely eating at Ryan's Steak House, detailing his Chrysler Cordoba until it hurt to look at it, and dry cleaning every article of clothing in his possession—and we mean ALL OF IT!
Services: 11:00 am Friday, November 22, 2013 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with Rev. Dave Higdon officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the chapel on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com under "obituaries".
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Nov. 20, 2013