John William Stingerie
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John William Stingerie, 72, of Hawthorne, Nevada passed away at his home on April 15, 2012. He was born in Boulder, Colorado on April 20, 1939 to Jack and Grace (Church) Stingerie. John served in the US Navy from October of 1957 to January of 1968, including one tour in Vietnam.
John married Gloria Jean Greeley in June of 1959 and they had three children. Gloria passed away in December 1967. John returned to Schurz to raise his children. There he met and married Marjorie Baxter, who also had three children. They settled in Schurz to raise their blended family and had three more children. John worked at the Hawthorne Ammunition Depot and saw the depot go from being run by the Navy to the Army and finally to a contractor. He would commute from Schurz every day until he and Marge made their home in Hawthorne in 1981.
John became a member of the American Legion in 1972 and the V.F.W. in 1973. After moving to Hawthorne, John became more active in the American Legion, serving as Post Commander from 1983-1984, and District Commander from 1984 to 1985. He held many other chairs during the years, including Department Commander from 1996 - 1997, Alternate National Committeeman from 1998 - 2000, National Executive Committeeman from 2000-2002 and served for one year as liaison for American Legion Magazine. While serving for the National Dept. Headquarters, John and Marge traveled to TX, WI, LA, FL and CA. John and Marge enjoyed their retirement together enjoying varies hobbies.
John is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Frank Sells, Grandson Tommy Milton and Son in Law Sean Kelley.
John is survived by son Rodney (Sue) Stingerie of Oklahoma City, OK, son Curtis (Jana) Stingerie of Eureka, NV, daughter Shelly (Darren) Harris of Fallon, NV, daughter Diana Meier of Alamorgordo, NM, daughter Heather Kelley of Yerington, NV and daughter, Johnnie Rae Stingerie of Fallon, NV. His grandchildren, Christopher Stingerie, Tanner & Ian Stingerie, Tawnie Sells, Ryan Milton, Cierra & Logan Meier, Ashley Bryant, Angela Kinsey, Tesla, Taylor, Thea and Tierra McQueen. His Great grandchildren Riley Sells, Gavin & Treyton Milton, Abigail Worring and Olivia Bryant.
Inurnment services with full military honors will be on April 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, NV.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gunter's Funeral Home, Hawthorne.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 22, 2012