John (Jack) Everett Baldwin
John (Jack) Everett Baldwin, 87, passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in California after an 11-year struggle with dementia.
He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Iler, Ohio, to John and Iris (Omwake) Baldwin.
John graduated from Jackson-Liberty High School in Amsden, Ohio, in 1948, went on to join the Coast Guard Academy and served in the U.S. Army, driving a tank in the Korean War. He attended Purdue University, Indiana, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He worked 38 years at United Technology Corp. (Aerospace), and he received special recognition for his superior performance in the propellants and explosives department at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, California. In addition, he enjoyed working on the family farm.
John was an avid traveler and always was planning his next trip. He traveled to China, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, as well as a four-month journey around the world and a 16-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. John loved reading and read thousands of books on tape while commuting to work. John also had a love of deep-sea fishing.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Sue (Warth), and their two children, Becky and John Theron (JT); grandchildren Sean and Meagan; brother Duane (Bonnie) Baldwin from Fostoria; as well as his two children, John Patrick and Michael, from his first wife, Catherine (Kellar).
John will be inurned at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California, at the Korean War Memorial.