Services with military honors were July 17, 2020, at Zimmerdale, Kansas, for John Anthony DelVecchio, who passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Monday, July 13, 2020.
He awoke in paradise with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
John was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Steubenville, Ohio, to John and Concetta DelVecchio. He was the youngest of their three children.
In his high school years, John was a local football star. He went on to serve as a medic in the Korean War. He forged lifelong friendships through these experiences. Following his return from the war, John utilized the GI bill to attend Bethany College in Lindsborg, and the University of Phoenix, eventually obtaining a Master’s of Education Administration degree.
He found great joy in his vocation as a teacher and administrator. In his last post he served as principal at Sherman Jr. High School in Hutchinson.
When John shared his testimony, he would say he had once pursued a goal of becoming a millionaire by age 40, and by God’s divine plan, it was at that age that he became a Christian — shifting his goal beyond earthly gain to heavenly treasures beyond compare.
He was a beloved father and grandfather, and he took great pride in that role — always greeting the little ones with a “boop boop” and candy treat. He lovingly referred to his grandchildren as his “angels,” telling each of them that they were his favorite and not to tell the others.
He is survived by daughters Doe Ann Hague of Newton, Tina (and husband Paul) Partridge of Whitewater, and Sonia (and husband Toby) Kittle of Newton; sons Tonny DelVecchio of Peabody, Lonny (and wife Laurie) DelVecchio of Shawnee, Roy (and wife Alicia) Harr of Towanda, and Carl (and wife Evelyn) Harr of Hays; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and all those who knew him as “Bubba.”
His wife, Mary (Grob) DelVecchio; son Fred Walking-Badger, and son-in-law Dale Hague preceded him in death.
A memorial has been established with the Hub in Peabody in care of Petersen Funeral Home.