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John Thomas Hallenbeck, Sr, 83, of Melbourne, passed away into the arms of God, on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Melbourne, Florida. He was born January 18, 1930 in Syracuse, NY.
John T. came to Brevard in 1964 with a family friend to start an antique furniture refinishing business. He worked for Admiral Security and Harris Corporation before retiring. John served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
John's family, eleven children, were most important to him. They were everything to him. One of John's favorite things to do was to go to Disney World. He was a huge Mickey Mouse fan. Up until his health stopped him a few years ago, you could still find him there on the weekends. He also loved camping and going to Cades Cove in Gatlinburg, TN.
John is survived by the love of his life for 64 years, his wife, Joy; sons, John Jr., Charles, David, and Gary; daughters, Anita Jean, Sharon, Linda, Patty, and Karen. John was the oldest of his siblings, Jean, Howard, James and Mary.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin; and daughters, Debbie, and Alysse.
A celebration of John's life was held by his family on February 28, 2013. No public services are planned.
Our Dear Dad
Although we are apart now, you're always in our hearts,
In every single thing we do, you play the biggest part.
When we have to make decisions and we don't know what to do,
Our thoughts, we find, will go right back to you.
We think of how you'd handle it and try to work it out,
It's at times like this, we'll really miss having you about.
Not only for this reason when things are going bad,
there's a million different reasons why
we'll miss you Dad.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 10, 2013