John Francis Elwood

Born in Williamsburg, Iowa on March 29, 1943
Departed in Viera, Florida on September 19, 2019

John Elwood lost his fight with Alzheimer’s on Thursday, September 19, 2019. He was born on March 29, 1943 in Williamsburg, Iowa where he grew up on a farm.
He attended St Ambrose college and joined the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in Vietnam as a pilot. Before he retired in 1986, after 21 years of service, he was lucky to have lived in Indiana, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Alaska and back to Florida at Patrick Air Force Base in July 1976. After retiring from the USAF, he started his career in 1987 at the Dept of Defense division of Harris. He was there for 18 years before he hung up his hat and retired a second time in 2005.
He loved the Florida weather as he was a long-time bass fisherman and could always be found trolling around Lake Washington, Lake Okeechobee or the St John’s River.
He was loved and will be missed terribly by his devoted wife of over 50 years, Carmen. He was loved by and loved his two children, John F. Elwood II and Kelly Marie Elwood. He had three grandchildren that adored him and whom he adored, Jordan Dooley, Devin Dooley (wife Neeka) and Jeffrey Brose and by his great-grandson Treysen Dooley. Predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Helen Elwood.
We would like to extend appreciation to Autumn House Memory Care and Hospice of St Francis where he was lovingly taken care of by the staff since 2017. They treated him with respect and like family and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Service will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Johns the Evangelist in Viera.

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Judy Elwood Newton from Crestview wrote on September 23, 2019:
Time and distance hadn't dulled the love our family had for John, Carmen, Johnny and Kelly. Our heart breaks at the loss of such a wonderful man. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark or even eagle flew -- And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. ~~John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Charles Elwood from Bartlett, Texas wrote on September 23, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers from Charles and Jvonne Elwood. I’ll never forget the I’m y’all visited and we went to Millersburg, Iowa and John had a pocket full of quarters for the pool table.
John M Hammerling from Melbourne wrote on September 22, 2019:
My condolences to Carmen, her children and John’s other family members of his passing. Although I didn’t know John when I was in Vietnam, I salute him for his dedicated heroic duty as a Forward Air Controller there! I enjoyed knowing and working with John in the Contracting Office at Patrick, AFB. May God give John peaceful eternal rest. With deepest sympathy, John M. Hämmerling Suntree, FL
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