Lt. Col. John Clinton “JC” Speight
Born on Jan. 15, 1924, in Dadeville, Missouri, John Clinton Speight departed on Memorial Day, 2013. He was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” as a member of the 15th Air Force’s 2nd Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Squadron, flying sorties from Amendola Field in Foggia, Italy, during WWII. He survived 50 sorties, including Ploesti oil fields in Romania and near Auschwitz. He was the last surviving member of his B-17 crew, serving in the Korean War as well. A day didn’t pass that he didn’t make a reference to WWII. The Air Force and his military career determined the man and father that he became. The crew from “Virgil’s Virgins” will be there to greet him.
John is survived by his wife of 12 years, Rose Marie Damon, of Lakewood, Colorado, and his only child and daughter Darien Chandler (David), grandsons David Jr., (Leah), Chris (Paula), Rob (girlfriend Chelsea), and namesake, Jon; great granddaughter Isabella, sisters Irene and Ivergene, brother Clifton (Marie) and Damon, stepsons Bud (Susie) and Dana (Patty), stepdaughters Rose Ann Horn (Ken) and Rashelle Shone (Grant), and step grandson Brian and five other step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Faye, and his wife of 52 years and childhood sweetheart Donna Marie Todd. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and two great grandchildren to be born later this year.
During peace time, John worked at Alameda Naval Air Station as a planner and estimator. He volunteered for the Fremont Police Department, Mended Hearts, the Charles Schulz Museum, Wells Fargo Center, NARF, and the Masonic Lodge, and delivered food to the needy. A celebration of his life will be held on July 27, 11 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Kenwood. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local veterans organization or to Mended Hearts, P.O. Box 9123, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.