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John Dwight Marine Sept. 21, 1932 - Jan. 31, 2019

John Dwight Marine, born Sept. 21, 1932 in Grant County, west of Fairmount to Charles D. Marine and Mary Thelma Hobbs. John died Jan. 31, 2019 in Marion.

He married Sharon Kay Rich on Oct. 31, 1958. John is father to: Christopher Allen, Jon Michael (Sonya) and Teresa Ellen (Todd) Pearson. He was the grandfather to: Christopher Marine, Niki Marine, Benjamin (Holly) Marine, Caleb Marine, Patrick Marine, Whitney (Kyle) Shaffer, Samantha Pearson. He was great grandfather to Lyla Marine, Lina Marine, Lydia Marine, Gunner Shaffer, and Ceejay Pearson.

John went to Swayzee High School where he lettered in 11 out of a possible 12 sporting options throughout his high school career. He lettered in cross country, track, baseball, and basketball. He was a middle and long distance runner. He was a catcher in baseball. In basketball, he played the forward and center positions. In 1950, his basketball team made it to the section finals against Marion.

In 1950, he went to work for Continental Steel and retired after 35 years as chief clerk and supervisor.

In 1952, he joined the Coast Guard and spent 26 months in the Pacific. His first assignment was on a buoy tender and saw most of the Hawaiian Islands, Midway island, the Marshall Islands, Bikini and Magical Atoll and many others. After 14 months, he was transferred to the Philippine Islands. En route to the Philippines, he visited Wake Island, Guam, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. He was assigned to an air-sea rescue detachment that supported five Coast Guard stations. He took R and R once in Hong Kong in then again in Alameda, California.

After his time in the service, he returned to work at Continental Steel and started schooling at Indiana University Kokomo for four years. He retired from Continental Steel as chief clerk and supervisor after 35 years, during which he played Independent baseball for the Swayzee Merchants and several fast-pitch softball leagues at 35 years old. He also played Independent for Continental Steel.

John coached Little League baseball and was member of the Eastern Schools PTA. His joy in his later years was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at Jerome Christian Church, 9535 E. 100 S., Greentown, with Pastor David Stokes officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.hasler-stout.com.