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John T. "J.T." Sailors, 87, of Walton, Indiana, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Born March 9, 1925, in Clymers, he was the son of the late Leo J. and Lorena E. Farrer Sailors.
On February 6, 1948, in Logansport, he was married to Marilyn Bishop Sailors; she survives.
J.T. proudly served his country in the United States Navy. In 1944, when the captain of the USS Enoree called for "sailors on deck," he quickly dressed and reported to the bridge in record time. The captain was impressed at his promptness and appointed him to his security detail. He served until 1946 as a gunner's mate on the USS Enoree in the Pacific Theatre, and was on the USS Missouri when the peace treaty was signed.
For many years, J.T. worked as a brakeman and conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad until he was disabled in an accident. He then worked as a representative for the American Cleaning Equipment Corporation until starting his own business, American Enterprises.
A member of the Walton Christian Church, J.T. was baptized in the Wabash River near Burrows as a young man. He was a member of the Walton Masonic Lodge, the Murat Temple, the Logansport Shrine Club, and the Walton American Legion. J.T. loved helping people.
His sense of humor endeared him to many friends and he was a joy to be around. He had restored an old firetruck which he enjoyed driving in parades. He also enjoyed working on cars.
Surviving are two daughters, Julia (Larry) Grogg of Decatur; Jacquelyn (Greg) Wenger of Russiaville; son, Michael (Carla) Sailors Carla, of Walton; three sisters, Mary Ann "Rooney" Downhour of Walton; Marlene "Pooch" (Charles) Remley of Walton; and Lorena Kay "Caboose" Harvey of Noblesville; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Sailors, Logansport; seven grandchildren, Michael (Jill) Grogg, Ryan (Jane) Grogg, Nathan Grogg, Devin (Justine) Sailors, Kirsten Sailors, Erica (fiance, Paul Yerkes) Wenger and Olivia Wenger; four great-grandchildren, David Grogg, Andrea Grogg, Eliana Grogg and Karina Grogg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, John Timothy Sailors; three brothers, James "Jim", Everett "Cook" and Donald "Mouse" Sailors; and one sister, Lucille "Granny" Turner.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport. A Masonic Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. and a Shrine processional walk-by will follow.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, also at the funeral chapel, with Pastor Bill Collins officiating.
Burial, with full military honors, will follow in the Walton IOOF Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.
You may light a candle of hope in memory of J.T. and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.