John R. (Jack) DiFelice
John R. (Jack) DiFelice, 67, of Marion, died suddenly, on May 17, 2012 at his residence. He is formerly of Blackwood, New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by parents, Rocco and Genevieve DiFelice, and a sister, Lorraine DiFelice.
He is survived by loving wife, Patricia DiFelice, daughters, Marsha (Charles) Corbett of Deptford, N.J.; and Jessica DiFelice of Erial, N.J.; grandchildren, Genevieve and CJ Corbett, and sister, Nancy Clement of Sickleville, N.J.
Jack was born and raised in New Jersey. He moved to Hutchinson, Kansas in 1956, where he helped with his family business, Roxy’s Restaurant, until he graduated from Hutchinson High School. He forever held cherished memories of those years he shared with life-long friends. He returned to New Jersey where he raised his family until retiring to Marion, Kansas.
Jack was employed as a mechanic at United States Postal Service, Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Bellmawr, N.J., and Wichita.
He was an Army Combat Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving proudly and with distinction, receiving among many honors, the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a member of VFW Post 6958, Marion, KS, where he served as an Honor Guard.
“Hemi Hot Rod Jack” was an enthusiastic classic car restorer, builder, and “Main Street Cruiser,” with one foot in the present and the other always in the ‘50s.
He loved gardening, fishing, and “Good Old Rock and Roll.”
His personality was effervescent, his cup always half-filled with the joy of life, so giving to others and too humble to expect or want anything in return.
Jack would want it said that his mother blessed him with the moral and ethical standards that guided his life, which he in turn passed onto his daughters, and that his was a truly wonderful life.
Funeral Services will be held on June 2, 2012 at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, N.J., 08012. Burial will be at Veteran’s Cemetery, Camden, N.J.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. This charity helps thousands of wounded servicemen and their families as they return home from current conflicts.