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John A. Sleeper, 70

Lancaster - John A. "Jack" Sleeper, 70, died Thursday, August 9, 2018, in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy T. (Ciampaglia) Sleeper, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 24th; three children: John D. Sleeper and his wife, Stephanie, of Leominster, Amy E. Moro and her husband, Keith, of Worcester, and Lori A. Sleeper, and her companion, Jose Machuca, of Lancaster; five adoring grandchildren: Brian Sleeper, USMC, Matthew Sleeper, Juliann Sleeper, Jack Moro, and Travis Moro; two sisters, Susan Masciarelli, wife of the late Cam, and Martha Gause, both of North Carolina; many nieces, nephews, and their families. He was predeceased by his brother, David Sleeper, who died in 2017, and two nephews, Daniel Schmidt, and James Gause.

Jack was born in Clinton, and raised in Lancaster, son of the late Ralph A. and Pauline B. (Bedell) Sleeper. He was a graduate of Nashoba Regional High School, Class of 1965. The following year, Jack enlisted with the US Marine Corps, and was deployed to Vietnam. A proud, humble, and selfless Marine, Jack never spoke openly of his time in combat, but was a highly decorated Veteran, receiving many commendations for acts of heroism in Vietnam, including the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Silver Star, the Navy Commendation with Combat V, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, among others.

From his return home from the Marine Corps in 1969, until his retirement in 2003, Jack worked as a Carpenter for the Local 107.

A member of Immaculate Conception Church, Lancaster, and the American Legion, Jack was a hardworking man, who always put family and friends first. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life – his daily coffee with Doug, Glen, Vic, and Wes; and his annual reunions with "Charlie Co. First Recon," his USMC Brothers and fellow combat veterans. Above all else, he cherished time spent in the company of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Jack's funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 809 Main St., Lancaster. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Monday, August 13, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2018
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