John served in the U.S. Army Military Police Unit seeing combat in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and also in Belgium before his final overseas assignment at the Nuremburg Trials in Germany. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.
On April 23, 1948, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Stoner Detzel.
In 1948, John began working for Public Service Indiana (Duke Energy), serving as district superintendant and district manager before retiring as assistant vice president of western division in 1986.
John and Charlotte enjoyed their retirement years traveling around the country and spending their summers in Billings, Mont. John was never content to sit still, always finding a project to stay busy.
At the age of 78, John bought his first computer and, after learning the basics, embarked on a three year research project tracking his family ancestry.
In the past, John was a member of the American Legion Clay County Post 2, serving as adjutant and commander, Brazil Elks Lodge and the Knightsville Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Clyde Detzel, Brazil.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte Detzel, Terre Haute, son and daughter-in-law Jay and Janet Detzel, Terre Haute, grandchildren Allison Wright, Wendy Wilson and Jay Sharpe, great-grandchildren Amelia and Eloise Wright, Ellie and Shelby Wilson and Thomas Sharpe, sister Virginia Detzel Mathis, nieces Carol and Gayle Weaver and nephews David and Gerty Mathis.
At his request, cremation will take place with no services to take place. If friends so desire, donations in his name may be made to the Clay County Humane Shelter and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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