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John Constantine, 82, of Deming, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center.
Mr. Constantine was born July 14, 1926, in Newark, N.J. to Themestocles and Anastasia (Doukis) Constantine.
Throughout his life, Dad liked to keep on the move. He began by joining the Navy in World War II. First he trained for the K Class blimp squadron, but to his everlasting pride was selected as part of the first crew of the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the war he left the Navy and married Dolores in 1948. Dad then signed up with the Air Force, and he and Dolores raised six children, David, John, Peter, Paul, Maria and Diane, as they lived all over the world.
After his military service, retiring as a Tech Sergeant in 1973, the family put down roots in Alamogordo, but Dad continued to roam. First he wore out two consecutive Volkswagen vans on road trips. Next Dad caught the motorcycle bug, and as "Johnny Honda" he traveled solo across the U.S. He joined the local chapter of the Retreads and spent weekends on group rides all over southern New Mexico.
In his later years he had to give up his beloved motorcycle for health reasons, but he still loved to travel. He always had a next big trip in mind. His second son, John, passed away in 1998, and his step was always a little slower afterward. Still, he kept in touch with a U.S.S. FDR commemoration group and attended annual reunions all over the United States. Dad was instrumental in the dedication of a memorial plaque at White Sands Missile Range to acknowledge the retired FDR guns used in the firing range.
Dad is on his last, biggest trip now. We wish him the best in his travels. He will be missed by anyone lucky enough to have met him.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dolores, of the family home; three sons, David John Constantine of California, Md., Peter Constantine and his wife Debra of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Paul Constantine and his wife Veronica of Pecos, N.M.; two daughters, Maria Dolores Ehlers and her husband Scott of Deming; and Diane Elizabeth Silvers and her husband Jonathan of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Anna Whitlow and her husband Robin of Seaford, N.Y.; Catherine Pirylis and her husband Nuddy of South Huntington, N.Y., and Jeannie Scivoletti and her husband Michael of Birmingham, Mich.
A vigil service will be conducted Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rosary to be recited by the Rosary Society of St. Jude Mission.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Mission with Father Wayne S. Herpin, S.J. as celebrant.
Military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Cremation will follow the mass, and inurnment will be Friday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery with Deacon Bill Holguin officiating.
Friends may call Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 27 to Oct. 15, 2008
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