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Ashtabula native John Church, born Jan. 29, 1932, passed away peacefully at his home in the West San Fernando Valley, Calif., on March 12, 2017, surrounded by his wife and loving family.
He was a 1950 graduate of Ashtabula High School, and graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Sociology in 1952. He went to Korea, in the service of his country as an Army Lieutenant from 1953 to 1955, finishing at the rank of Captain. He worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he met the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Lois Jean Watkins.
They were married in 1957, and moved to California with their two children in 1962. They settled in the San Fernando Valley, where they raised their six children. John retired after a 35-year career with Rocketdyne Aerospace. In retirement he loved to golf, work daily crossword puzzles, watch Jeopardy, and enjoyed trips to the horse-racing track, and his daily walks in the neighborhood. John volunteered in the community, running many elections in the Hidden Lake precinct, and as a committed member of his church since 1964, St. John the Worker of Mission Hills.
His lasting love was his family including, six children and ten grandchildren; Timothy (Claudia) Church, Jeannie Church, Carolyn (Dante) Acosta (sons Rudy and Doran, and daughter Allie), Jeff (Marie) Church (sons Tyler, Kevin, and Garrett), Terri (Alan) Kropp (sons John and Sam) and David (Connie) Church (sons Nathan and Andrew). He always enjoyed his time with family, inspiring and encouraging his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Lois, sons and daughters, and his loving sisters Lucille Pilkington of Ashtabula, and Frances (Wayne) Ward of Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was preceded in heaven by his parents, Frank and Caroline Church; and his grandson Rudy Acosta.
Funeral services were held on March 21, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. An online guest book is available at http://www.missionhillsmortuary.com/home/obituary/
Published on  March 21, 2017
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