John Joseph Lawless

1934 ~ 2013
John Joseph Lawless was born on March 11, 1934 to George Aloyisus and Clara Gertrude (Scherer) Lawless in Ironton, Ohio. He was the youngest of five children, graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Ironton and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. It was the Air Force that brought John to the Ordnance Depot in Tooele, Utah where he met his partner in crime Flora Jane Burger.
After serving three years overseas in France and England, John and Flora were married on St Patricks Day March 17, 1956 at St. Marguerite Catholic Church in Tooele, Utah. Four children were born of this marriage.
John had a love for Notre Dame Football which he passed on to his grandchildren. He kept an immaculate yard, had a knack for giving nicknames to loved ones and had a strong love for his faith.
John started working for Sperry Utah Engineering Company in May 1957 and was employed by Sperry/Unisys/L-3 Communications for 38 years, retiring in 1995 as a Supervisor in the Engineering Development Laboratory.
John was proceeded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother, and two year old daughter Loretta Anne.
John is survived by, his wife Flora, children Mark Steven (Danette) of Salt Lake City, Gregory Paul (Jamie) of Tooele and daughter Mary Anne Mills (Harley) of Gettysburg, PA. Nine grandchildren Charles (Jennifer) Lawless, James Lawless, Ryan (Katie) Rydalch, Whitney (Joe) Rakes, John Siniscalchi, Micaela Lawless, Katie & Christine Lawless, Colin Lawless and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at St. Marguerite Catholic Church 15 South 7th Street. A viewing will be held on Friday, November 15th from 6-8p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. Internment at Mount Calvary Cemetery 4th Avenue and T Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Marguerite Catholic School at 15 South 7th Street.
Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 13, 2013