John F. Lakner
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Feb. 5, 1921 - Jan. 18, 2014
Resident of Livermore
John was born in Iron Belt, Wisconsin, to John & Anna Lakner who had emigrated from Yugoslavia. He grew up in Ironwood, Michigan. As a child, he enjoyed ice skating and skiing down snow covered iron ore stockpiles.
John obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1942. He worked for Thompson Aircraft Products in Cleveland, OH, until he was drafted into the Army in September 1945. He worked in the Chemical Warfare division including nuclear testing in Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll. In 1948, he went on to Carbide and Carbon Chemical Corp at their Oak Ridge facility and was involved in uranium compound waste processing. Oak Ridge is where he met his wife of 65 years, Avo. 1949 to 1955 was spent at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He obtained his Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1957, and then moved to California for LLNL where he worked in an experimental high pressure-high temperature facility.
John retired in 1986. He then spent time traveling (such as driving to Alaska), maintaining three Studebakers, working the backyard orchard, and painting in water colors.
He was preceded in death by brothers Edward and Louie and by his son, Marc(Denise). He is survived by his wife, Avo; daughter, Holly Bachleda(John); grandchildren Lt. Stephanie Lord, USAF(Bradley), Jennifer Rader(Sgt Scott, USMC), Sarah Bachleda and Emily Bachleda.
Visitation will be from 6-8pm, Friday, Feb 7, at Callaghan Mortuary.
John will be at rest in Ironwood, Michigan.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 5, 2014