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John Frederick Firestone


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John Frederick Firestone Obituary
The Passing of 'Not An Ordinary Man" JOHN FREDERICK FIRESTONE 1921 - 2016 John Firestone was born in Saskatchewan, Canada to Central European Immigrants. His father, Frank Firestone, was from Austria. His mother, Susanna Kluz was from Slovania. They each immigrated to Canada shortly before the outbreak of WWI. His parents met and were married in Canada. His parents farmed 160 acres of homestead land. John was the youngest of four children. In 1925 the family immigrated to the United States. German was spoken in the home. They lived in Chicago, Ill. until the desire for more sunshine motivated them to move to San Bernardino County, California. When John was age 16, he and his father were granted U.S. Citizenship. After high school, John served one year in the Civil Conservation Core. He then moved to Burbank, Ca. and worked as a mechanist for Lockheed Aircraft. He attended night classes at UCLA. In 1942, ignoring his deferment, John enlisted In the U.S. Navy. After boot camp in Texas, where he was trained as a radio operator, he was deployed to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. He participated in the invasion of Bougainville. He remained on that island for the duration of the war. He was a member of the highly trained Acorn Unit #13, who operated the Navy constructed airport as a fueling and mechanical service airport for the South Pacific fighter pilots. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Dec. 30, 1945. This experience in the Navy gave birth to John's passion for flying. He held a private pilot's license until he was 85 years old. He clocked many hours flying the skies over Canada, U.S. and Mexico. After his discharge from the Navy he opened a radio shop in San Bernardino. John was introduced to the construction business by his older brother. He established his own construction company and built houses in Beverly Hills, Bell Aire and throughout the San Fernando Valley. Other than residential construction John's business life included an Air Freight Company, construction of pre-fab houses, horse ranching, land development, business parks and multi family housing. John is survived by his wife, Juanita, and three children from a previous marriage, son Dennis Firestone, daughters Cheryl Firestone, Fluerette Firestone. John also leaves two step daughters Gay Fontanesi and Anne Wack. He has grandchildren, great grandchildren, too numerous to list. On Nov. 2. 2012, while in Dallas conducting business, John suffered a serious domestic accident resulting in two breaks in his back. He has suffered a long and painful period since. During John's time he influenced many lives in a very positive way. He was a gallant warrior with a big and generous heart. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 7, 2016
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