Lee­dom Kirk John of Coatesville

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Lee­dom Kirk John, age 97, traded in his mus­tang wings for his heav­enly wings, go­ing home to be with his LORD, Tues­day, Nov. 8, 2016. He was the hus­band of “Linda” Ethel Zell John.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Lawrence John and Hazel Kirk John. He is sur­vived by his son Lee K. John (Kitty March), daugh­ter, Elaine D’An­gelo (John), grand­son, Matthew L. Fe­sak, and brother Lawrence L. John.

As a grad­u­ate of the old Coatesville High School, class of 1937, he was in the band and earned three let­ters in soc­cer, swim­ming and track. He was an ea­gle scout, and a mem­ber of the Or­der of the Ar­row at Camp Horse­shoe.

Kirk John served dur­ing World WAR II as a fighter pi­lot and holds two pres­i­den­tial ci­ta­tions: the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross for valor in com­bat and the air medal with ten oak leaf clus­ters. He flew 47 com­bat mis­sions against Ger­many, de­stroy­ing five Ger­man air­craft, be­com­ing an ACE in the 55th fighter group of the 8th Air Force. He flew 334 com­bat hours in a P51 Mus­tang.

He was a mem­ber of the Gideon’s In­ter­na­tional and was wel­comed into the Chapel of the Four Chap­lains in West Ch­ester. He was a mem­ber of the Coatesville Se­nior Cen­ter, serv­ing as pres­i­dent of the board for a term. At age 8, he be­came a mem­ber of the lo­cal YMCA, and en­joyed 82 years of con­sec­u­tive mem­ber­ship. He was a mem­ber of the Downingtown Amer­i­can Le­gion Post #475, and was a vol­un­teer at the Coatesville VA Hos­pi­tal for over 20 years. He and his wife served meals on wheels for 30 years, and to­gether they were ac­tive in the Se­nior Games at the county, state and na­tional lev­els, earn­ing nu­mer­ous gold, sil­ver and bronze medals.

Mr. John was well known in the Coatesville area, hav­ing de­liv­ered ice and milk as a boy, and later work­ing as an in­sur­ance agent for 35 years. He loved the LORD, and for 71 years, the First Bap­tist Church of Coatesville was his church home. Since then, he has at­tended Parkes­burg Bap­tist church. He has served as Sun­day School teacher, Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent and dea­con.

A view­ing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Fri. Nov. 11 (Vet­eran’s Day) at the chapel at Tel Hai Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity. There will be a pri­vate in­ter­ment, fol­lowed by a me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Parkes­burg Bap­tist Church on Mon­day, Nov. 14 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Parkes­burg Bap­tist Church, (103 West St., Parkes­burg, PA 19365), or Gideons In­ter­na­tional


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