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John R. Onyskow

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John R. Onyskow, aged 75, died Saturday, September 13, at Kindred Hospital, El Paso, after a serious month-long illness.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive.
Pastor Dustin Wilhite of Grace United Methodist Church will officiate, and soprano Ann Bagby will sing one of Mr. Onyskow's favorite hymns, "Amazing Grace."

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Eckman-Onyskow, of Alamogordo; son Joseph and wife Kris, of Marysville, Mich.; stepdaughter Celeste Eckman Himanek and husband Jim, of Cave Junction, Ore.; granddaughters Sarah Onyskow and Ariel Himanek; three sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

He was predeceased in death by his first wife Joan in 2001. His daughter Teresa Baker, of Roseville Mich., died September 18, 2014 after a long illness.

Born in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Mr. Onyskow and wife Beverly moved to Alamogordo in October 2004, fleeing from the northern Michigan snow.
Mr. Onyskow had recently finished the first draft of his book, "The Story Stone," and was preparing to polish it just before he was hospitalized. He worked on it for 7 years; he was very enthusiastic about it, and did a lot of research.

"We always enjoyed talking to John. He was full of quirky stories and unusual perspectives," wrote Allen Stenger and Amy Rivers, formerly of Alamogordo.

Mr. Onyskow retired from the Chrysler Corp. in 1998. Starting as an apprentice then journeyman tool and die maker, he had worked as a tool and process engineer, a safety engineer and a quality engineer, in most of the Chrysler plants in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
He was a Senior Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the United Auto Workers and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Onyskow served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1965, in the United States and in Germany, and on the ground as a pathfinder during the Korean conflict.

A memorial service will also be held in Michigan, at a later date.

The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions in his name to Grace United Methodist Church, Alamogordo.
A reception will be held at Grace United Methodist Church following the memorial service at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19, 2014
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