John James Knox, 91 of Columbia passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, February 11, 2013 at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.
John was born July 14, 1921 in Howard County, MO to Fred and Sophie Cornelison Knox.
John attended a one room grade school off the main road back in the woods. He then attended Harrisburg High School and played on the high school basketball team.
He married Mildred LaVera Hutcheson on October 8, 1949 and she preceded him in death on May 3, 2002.
After graduating high school he joined the CCC camp for two years and then worked for Curtiss Wright Airplane Factory in St. Louis.
After working in the factory John joined the Army Air Corp as World War II had begun. He was sent to Lincoln, NE for airplane mechanic training and then to aerial gunnery school. He became a Gunner on a B24 Liberator. The crew was organized in Tucson, AZ and Pueblo, CO. They flew planes to Europe by way of South America and North Africa. John and his crewmates flew 35 combat missions over Europe. John recalls the missions as “nerve wracking and we made it.”
After World War II, John was honorably discharges from the Army Air Corp and returned home. John later re-entered the military and joined the US Air Force. He retired in 1968 with 21 years of military service. After his military retirement John worked for the post office for 13 years retiring in 1981.
Survivors include: a step-son, Fred Forbis; a grandson, Steve Forbis and wife Kathy; a granddaughter, Jodie Dupuis and husband Jon and three great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother and a sister.
John thought we should have an idea of what his few years on this earth were like. In his own words “they were good ones”
The family wishes to thank Roy Wilson, brother-in-law and friend for all his kindness over the years.