John Wolter, 55, passed away Friday, December 19th from complications of a staph infection. John was born in Houston, Texas, though his father's Air Force career eventually brought him to Honolulu where he met Meg Paty, his future bride.
Upon graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1975 and completion of pilot training, he married Meg and they embarked on a 14-year career during which John served his country as a leader and a pilot before eventually returning to the Academy as an Air Officer In Command.
When told his flying days were over, John left the service to work for United Airlines where he flew the 747, 727, and the A320. He was that rare man who truly loved his job. He thrived on travel, being with people, and he relished the breathtaking view of the world afforded by the cockpit.
His effervescent personality was highlighted by an uncanny ability to become fast friends with complete strangers. He loved good food (especially sushi), loud music (especially the Beatles), loud neckties (over 100), and funny jokes (he boasted a treasury rumored inexhaustible).
He lived with almost blinding intensity, yet somehow always found time to connect with others. His greatest passion was twofold: The God he served and the family that had been entrusted to him. No sacrifice was too great for those he loved, and his life at its core was characterized by an attitude of service.
He is survived by: Parents, John and Doris, brother Tim and family, wife Meg, son David, and daughter Lindsey and husband Tom Elliott, who await the arrival of John's first grandchild this March.
His memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., January 2nd at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. Visit his memorial website: http://jtwolter.lifememorial.com for more details on healing to marriages: www.marbleretreat.org for more information.
In order to make a specific donation to the J.T. Wolter (Memorial) Scholarship Fund: 1) Call 1-888-216-2725 to use credit card (please specify that your donation is for John Wolter) or 2) Mail check (with "JT Wolter" on the memo line) to: Marble Retreat PO Box 176 Carbondale, CO 81623
Major, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1975; Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me
Doris Linnea Johnson Wolter
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