Van Pelt, John W. Jack Saturday, June 20, 2009, Fortified With The Sacraments Of Holy Mother Church. Beloved husband of 62 years of LaVerne Van Pelt (nee Blanke). Loving father of Karen (John) Vasquez, Jack (Myra ) Van Pelt, Greg (Joan) Van Pelt, Terry (Jim) Lucas, and Julie (Larry) Smith. Devoted grandfather PaPa of Laura (Andy) Wheeler, Katie (Kevin) Shipley, Maureen (Dima) Shifrin, John Patrick, Anne and Meghann Van Pelt, Emily (Justin) Scalzo, Andy (Jenise) Van Pelt, Tyler, Meredith, and Nathan Lucas, Taylor, Carolyn, Carter, Andrew, Allison, and Colleen Smith. Adoring great-grandfather PaPa of Wyatt, Jack, Harry, Alex, Molly, Izzy, Ellie, Abby, Tommy, Grace, and Henry. Dear brother of the late Mary N. Normile. Our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, and friend to many. Besides family and very dear friends, the most important thing to Jack was being a good salesman. Never stop selling yourself was one of the most important pieces of advice. Jack was in sales and management for Dictaphone Corp. (later Pitney Bowes) for his first 40 professional years. This was followed by 15+ years with AAIM as a management recruiter and consultant. Jack was proud of his years with the U.S. Army Air Force, flying the hump delivering supplies from India to China during WWII. He retired from the Air Force as Captain in 1946. Jack was a man committed for life- whether to marriage for 62 years, 50 years with Rotary Club, 50 year member of the MAC, 40 years with Dictaphone, 45 year parishioner of Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Church, and a 70+ year loyal customer of Beefeater's Gin. Many will miss his sense of humor and positive outlook on life. Services: Visitation Thursday, June 25, from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Church, 1575 North Woodlawn Ave. Warson Woods. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. louis Rotary Club, 405 Washington Ave. St. Louis, Missouri 63102. Arrangements by BOPP CHAPEL.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 23, 2009