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John E. Brick

John E. Brick Obituary
Brick, John Edward

September 26, 1940 -

August 1, 2014

John was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 26, 1940, to Mary Lou (Leonhard) and John Howard Brick. He grew up in Askeaton, Wis. He was the oldest of nine children. He died in his home on Aug. 1, at the age of 73 with family members at his side. At age 16, he began flight lessons which would soon develop into his life-long career and passion.

He graduated from Parks Aeronautical College as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. After graduating he met Pat. They were happily married for 52 years.

John served a 28 year career in the Air Force, accumulating 6,000 hours of flying time in a variety of aircraft such as T-37, T-33, T-38, F-100, 01-E, OV-10, A-7D and the A-10. He earned the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit among other medals. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1990.

In his retirement he built his own airplane (RV4) and flew whenever he got the chance. He said that his wife Pat was the best passenger he could ever ask for! They flew across the country many times visiting family and friends. He was an active member of the EAA, editor for his local chapter newsletter for 15 years and also worked with the Young Eagles. He made many great friends at Pierce County Airport Thun Field.

John was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lou and John Howard, and brothers David and Denis (Camille). He is survived by his wife Patricia and their three children: Jeff (Pam), Joseph and Laura; grandchildren Eli, Ruby, Jordan and John-Allan; sisters Jeanne (Dave) Trumpy, Mary Claire (Marvin) Matzke, Laurie (Richard) Lambert; brothers Tom (Kathy), Kevin (Sally) and Steven.

Remembrances may be made to Wounded Warriors. He will be forever missed and loved.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend his funeral service at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Online condolences may be made at Curnow Funeral Home, in Sumner, Wash.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 6, 2014
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