October 25, 1926 - January 12, 2021
Arlington, Texas - Luron Jokisch passed away peacefully at his home January 12, 2021, from complications with Parkinson's disease. Lou was born in Bluff Springs, Illinois, October 25, 1926 near the family farm. He resided for over 70 years in the Arlington area.
Lou was a generous, loving father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather. Many people profess to be Christian, but Lou went above and beyond this outward profession and actually lived the Christian life by example. He would regularly participate in the men's prayer breakfasts and visit infirmed church members. He was always helping in every way possible his fellow man, whether friend, family or acquaintance. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Marilynn, of nearly 45 years. He was the epitome of integrity, and conscientiousness. Lou was always assisting and driving fellow church members to church service, doctor's appointments, and other shopping and personal needs.
Lou was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. Although he was never deployed overseas, he trained to fly fighters and bombers. His love of flying led him to join the Texas Soaring Association in Midlothian, where he spent over 28 years and many hours flying. Lou was a loyal friend to all of his fellow flyers. He regularly volunteered for TSA club aircraft, grounds, buildings and hangar maintenance and contributed to Contest Flying events.
Lou loved aerospace and had a long career in this field, working at Chance Vought and LTV for over 34 years. He also worked at Bell Helicopter, General Dynamics, Menasco, E Systems, Redifon, and was a company loaned contractor to Northrup, Boeing and McDonnell Douglass. He contributed to the structural engineering design of the Vought F4U Cutlass, A-7 Corsair & F-8 Crusader derivatives, Boeing/Rockwell Space Shuttle, Boeing's SST, Lockheed S-3A Viking, General Dynamics F-16 Viper, Boeing 747, 757, 767,777, and the Northrup B-2 programs.
Lou followed his farming upbringing and loved vegetable gardening. He always had numerous tomato, bean, grape, strawberry, bell pepper, asparagus and corn plants growing in his garden, and generously shared these fruits of his labor.
Lou loved to travel and sightsee and always looked for opportunities to do so. Most every time his son asked him he would eagerly join his family and grand children for ski trips, out of town air shows and the Jokisch Family Farm vacation adventures. Lou also enjoyed square dancing, bowling and small town festivals and traveled to many local and out-of-town events with dear friends.
Lou is survived by his daughter Karla Sanders (Dave), son Keith Jokisch (Sheryl) and grandsons Ben Jokisch (Marissa), Chris Jokisch (Mary), James O'Neill, Chase Griffin and granddaughters Sarah Goodman (JD), Jennifer Owens (Brian), daughter-n-law Melissa Allen and her son Josh and great grandchildren Madalyn, Ethan, Katelyn and Logan Goodman and Zerrin, Silas and Kaiser Jokisch, and Emma and Audrey Jokisch, and Katy O'Neill, and Paige, Parker and Paxton Owens and Corbin Griffin and many nieces and nephews. Lou was preceded in death by his parents Oswell and Dora Jokisch, his loving wife Marilynn and son Kregg Jokisch, and brothers Theron and John Jokisch.
Lou's life will be celebrated at First Baptist Church Arlington on Monday Jan 25 at 3:00 with visitation/viewing just prior at 2:00. If unable to attend, https://livestream.com/fbca/Jokisch-Memorial