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John J. Pease, 87 of Bluffton, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at River Terrace Estates.
John was born on October 4, 1924, in Wells County, Indiana, to Lester R. Pease and Evelyn D. (Speheger) Pease. He married Esther L. (Ginter) in Wells County on April 14, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2001. John married Phyllis (Barnett) Langel in Adams County on September 24, 2002 and she survives.
John was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, having served our country from July 29, 1943, to January 24, 1946, in the European Theater.
John worked for 27 ½ years for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as the Superintendent of Postal Operations in December of 1980. In his retirement, John worked as a bus driver and van driver for Bluffton Harrison Schools for 17 years.
John was a 70-plus-year member of First Baptist Church in Bluffton, where he formerly served as treasurer, trustee and sang in the choir. He was a former member of the Bluffton Kiwanis Club and served as their president in 1967. He was a 60-plus year member of the Grover Sheets American Legion Post No. 111. John was also a member of the Bluffton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine Temple, and the Eastern Star, having formerly served as their Worthy Patron.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Noel) Phegley of Columbia City and Janet (Herb) Heyerly of Bluffton; two stepsons, Donald W. Langel of Lafayette, and Timothy B. Langel of Linn Grove; three stepdaughters, Sarah J. (Jonathan) Stutzman of Berne, Catherine A. (Kelley) Householder of Bluffton, and Beth I. (Carl) Waterman of Sullivan; two grandchildren, Abby (Jared) English of South Whitley, and Jamie (Ryan) Peppler of Columbia City; five stepgrandchildren, Jade Heyerly of Bluffton, Jared (Angel) Heyerly of Ossian, Amanda Householder of Lancaster, Ohio, Melissa Householder of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Brad (Jennifer) Waterman of Sullivan; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sons, James Alan Pease in 1963 and Thomas R. Pease in 2003.
A service celebrating John’s life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Bluffton, with Pastor Bud Abrams officiating. Calling hours are 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post No. 111 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church or to the local Hospice agency, Family Life Care. Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.