John "Jack" Vinicky was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 4, 1929, to Louis and Hazel (nee Hiatt) Vinicky, being the first of three children. He moved to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2012, from heart and kidney disease complications.
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Jack served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948 and attended the University of Illinois on the GI Bill in Chicago, where he studied electrical engineering.
In Chicago, he worked at Western Electric and Kellogg & Switchboard and Supply (now ITT Kellogg). While at ITT, Jack designed and installed the first dial telephone systems in Las Vegas, Nev., Alaska, and San Juan Puerto.
He moved in 1959 to California, where he was employed by Stromberg Carlson, Ralph M. Parsons, and Southern California Edison, retiring from Edison in 1989.
During his career working in upper management, he worked on the communication systems for the Titan, Minuteman and Atlas missile programs; he also helped design the cargo containers that are used in shipping while at Parsons.
He married Barbara Dawson, originally from Chicago, on Dec. 2, 1961. They moved to West Covina, Calif., where they resided for 30 years. While there, they had two children, Sheryl and Jonathan, and were active at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
After Jack's retirement, the family moved to Klamath Falls.
He was an avid fisherman and loved family camping trips. They attended Bible Baptist Church for the past 19 years.
Jack is survived by his daughters Lynda and husband Dean Lewis and Sheryl and husband Jason Hunsinger; sons Marc and wife Deborah and Jonathan; grandsons Bruce Nielsen and wife Cassie, Ayden Clarke, and Ben, Matthew and Bonnie Vinicky; and great-grandchildren Cheyenne and Randy Nielsen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sisters Shirley and Joan.
Private interment will be Thursday at Klamath Memorial Park followed by a memorial service at Bible Baptist Church at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
or Jack's favorite: Klamath Gospel Mission.
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 12, 2012