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Maj. John William Hobbs, USMC, age 92, of Pea Ridge, FL, took his final flight into heaven April 21, 2012. He was born February 4, 1920 in Milton, FL to the late Raymond B. Hobbs and Leila Simmons Hobbs.
Maj. Hobbs spent 15 years in the Marine Corps Reserves WWII spending over 3,500 hours in the air in his favorite aircraft, the Corsair. Even when the war ended, and Hobbs stepped of the Corsair and many of the other planes he flew, his love for flying never left him.
After getting out of the Reserves, Hobbs decided to continue his flying career in a different way. He got accepted at the University of Florida where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering.
Following his graduation, Hobbs went to work for Lockheed Martin for 20 years and later for the Navy for 17 years before hanging his hat in Santa Rosa County. During his career with the Marines, Hobbs earned a distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals for his meritorious achievement in aerial flight.
Hobbs was also a member of St. Mary's Episcopal since 1970 and volunteered at the Naval Aviation Museum.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Helen B. Hobbs and Patricia A. Hobbs.
Survivors include sons, Raymond Hobbs, Henry (Margie) Hobbs, David Hobbs, Kevin Hobbs and Robert (Melody) Hobbs; a daughter, Jessie (Danny) Drossos; 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and caregiver Carlee Jernigan.
A Celebration of Life will be Friday April 27, 2012 at 9 AM at St. Mary's Episcopal Church with Father Matt Dollhausen officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 until 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Condolences may be made to the family at www.nationalcremation.com.
National Cremation & Burial Society of Milton has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2012