John W. Killoran

August 12, 1923 - February 11, 2014

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John W. Killoran
Aviation Cadet
U.S. Army Air Corps
May 1943

Killoran, John W. (Jack), 90 of Winter Park, FL
John W. Killoran died of complications due to Parkinson’s disease after a long and fulfilling life. John was born August 12,1923 in Brooklyn, New York to John C. Killoran and Dorothy (Dennin) Killoran. Upon his mother’s passing, his father married Jewel Killoran who lovingly raised John along with his three brothers. John joined the service and served his country honorably in World War II and the Korean War. During WWII, John was in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aerial navigator and rose to 1st Lieutenant. He participated in seven major battles including the “D” Day Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Southern France. His bravery during World War II earned him an Air Medal with 4 Oakleaf Clusters, a European Theatre Ribbon with 7 Battle Stars, an American Theatre Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Victory Medal and 3 Overseas Service Bars.
In July 1950 John returned to active duty in the U.S. Air Force fighting in the Korean War. He participated in five major battles. His bravery during the Korean War earned him the 5th and 6th Oakleaf Clusters to Air Medal, a Korean Service Medal with 5 Battle Stars and a U.N. Korean Service and a Presidential Unit Citation. After the Korean War, John returned to civilian life to build a successful executive career with the New York Telephone Company, then part of the Bell System of AT&T, in New York City where he began as an installer. He ultimately rose to district manager moving on to AT&T. He enrolled in New York University and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration in the evenings while he raised his young family.
John retired in February 1987.
John is survived by his wife of 28 years, Anita (DeMarco) Killoran, with whom he had a beautiful relationship. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Régine (Rousseaux) Killoran who passed away in 1982.
Mr. Killoran is survived by his children and their spouses, Liliane (George) Eckie of Florida; Jeannine Starr (Mike) of New York; Jonathan (Dawn) Killoran of Nevada. He is also survived by his stepchildren; Anita Marie (William) Robitsek of New York; Lisa DeMarco of Virginia; Richard (Judy) DeMarco of Indiana; Robert (Donna) DeMarco of New York; and Charles DeMarco of New York. John was known to remember all of his 15 grandchildren with a special birthday card. He will be remembered fondly by Suzanne O’Neil; Lisa Collins; Annie and Sam Mack, Brooke Miller; William and Christopher Robitsek; Taylor, Julie, Robert, Jessie, Gina, Richard, Stephen and Cory DeMarco. His 10 great-grandchildren include; Casey, Brett and Caleb Collins; Scott, Rosa and David O’Neil; Ethan, Alysa, Jasmine, and Dominick DeMarco. He is also survived by his brothers and their spouses James (Eileen) Killoran of California, George (Betty) Killoran of Nevada and Jerome Killoran of Nevada.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that contributions in memory of John W. Killoran be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780,
New York, NY 10008-0780 or call 1-800-708-7644.
Visitation will be Monday, February 17 from 6-8PM with Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18 at 10AM at Collison Family Funeral Home Chapel, 3806 Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, Fl. 32792. Final resting place, Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM.
Collison Family Funeral Home in Winter Park, FL is handling arrangements. (407-678-4500)