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John Teichert - Melbourne - John Teichert, Major, U.S. Army Ret, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at the age of 96 in Melbourne, FL, surrounded by his family, including his life long love, Agnes Athlynne Perry Teichert, to whom he was married almost 67 years in April; his children, Athlynne Jonene, John Jr., Gayl and Pamela; his granddaughter, Athlynne Elisabeth Marie Tyler, and sons-in- law Bert Richard Tyler and Ernie Franceschi. In his youth, John put himself through high school working at a neighbors farm, sleeping in his barn, and still managed to be come Valedictorian of his graduating class in Pitcher, NY. His farm up-bringing and do-it-yourself attitude led to a love of simple home-made solutions to the many needs of home maintenance, and interest in carpentry, mechanics and electronics, as well as his love of bowling, fishing, photography, and Bridge (and Pinochle). He rode Indian motorcycles and dabbled in flight in the era of canvas-covered, wooden-framed planes. With the start of his military career during WW II, John traveled the world, often bringing his family with him. John was a Quartermaster, and, later, trained in electronics on the Hawk anti-aircraft missiles. After 21 years, he retired in 1962 to start a new life in Florida during the halcyon days of manned flight, as a communications technician for RCA in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects. He worked down range at the Grand Turk tracking facility for 18 months before moving his family to Eau Gallie, (now Melbourne) FL, and commuting to Cape Canaveral. Never content to sit around, John retired sever al times, but seemed to find ways to defeat age-related forced retirement, including receiving his Associate of Science Degree in Business Management at the age of 62. When he finally decided to leave the work force, he continued to indulge in his two life long passions of fishing and bowling. He bowled in multiple leagues into his early 90's and even beat his kids in Wii bowling at his wife's 89th birthday party, just days before leaving this earth. Johns face in repose often took on a stern aspect, but when he smiled, the sweetness of his character exploded outward, exposing a gentle, loving and dedicated family man who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

"We love you, Dad".

Graveside services will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA, April 10th, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made in Johns name to a Hospice or Dementia/Alzheimer's organization of your choice. Condolences may be addressed c/o A.T. Tyler, P.O. Box 870074, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, or by email at

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 4, 2010
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