John Kevin England of Kentwood, LA and formerly from Odessa, TX passed
away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his home. John was born in
Bartlesville, OK on May 3, 1956 to Lindon and Alena (Buckner) England.
His family moved to Midland in 1963 and he attended school there until
their move to Odessa where he graduated in the class of 1974 from
Permian High School. John attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock
and worked the summers in the petroleum industry, often as a roughneck.
He studied to become a geologist and was only a few credits short when he
decided to join the US Navy.
He spent the next 21 years in the Navy and was stationed in California,
Hawaii and Virginia attaining the rank of E-6 as a Fire Control Technician
First Class. He loved life aboard ship and traveling to far off places. He
spent more than one half of his active duty time in a deployed status. He
served aboard the USS Hewett and USS Hue City. He finished up his
career with a stint as an instructor in Dahlgren, VA teaching young sailors
how to maintain and operate the Aegis computer and weapons system.
Upon retirement from the Navy, John moved to Louisiana where he had
previously purchased a home and several acres of land located near one
of his sisters. He loved his property and meticulously maintained it,
spending many long days clearing brush from under young pine trees so
they could have a better chance to grow tall and strong.
Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his two sisters, Sharon
Lynette Addison and husband Ralph of Kentwood, LA and Patricia Anne
Summerall and husband Dan of Corsicana, TX. He also is survived by his
two loving nieces Jennifer Jean Greenwood and her husband Chris of
Denver, CO and Sarah Danielle Schafer and her husband Nathan of
Lapeer, MI. His great nephew Avery Charles and great niece Skylar
Danielle Schafer will also miss the wonderful humor and laugh of their great
John was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy
Achievement Medal (4 times), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2
times), Navy E ribbon (4 times), Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 times),
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 times), Southwest Asia Service Medal
W/1 Bronze Star, Armed Forces Service Medal, Navy Sea Service
Deployment Ribbon (3 times), Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (2 times),
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Pistol (Expert), Navy Rifle (Expert) Ribbon,
and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
John will be interred in the DFW National Cemetery at a later date.
|John Kevin England
May 3, 1956 - October 22, 2013