John Temoney Jr., 66, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington, N.C. He was born to John Sr. and Verlie Watson Temoney in Wilmington, where he also grew up. There, he graduated from Williston Senior High School in 1966, where he was an outstanding football player.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and served for four years. After his Vietnam tour, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other honors. He served as a load crew chief and munitions inspector for the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 29 years, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and retired in 2003.
He earned an associate degree in electronics engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute; and while working full time also earned a bachelor of business administration degree at Indiana Northern University and a master’s degree in professional management from Indiana Northern University Graduate School.
He worked for Delphi Delco Electronics in Kokomo as a technician, supervisor, quality engineer and as a corporate assessor in which he traveled the world performing business and quality system audits before retiring after 31 years of service. Afterward, he also worked for the federal government at DCMA Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis as a product assurance specialist.
John married Ruth in 1969 in Wilmington, N.C. They were married for 44 years. John loved the Lord and was a very active member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Kokomo for over 35 years until he and Ruth moved to North Carolina and joined Highest Praise Worship Center. John was known for being gregarious, energetic, and exemplifying royal generosity to others. He initiated multiple boys-to-men mentoring groups and received recognition for his many volunteering contributions. John also enjoyed golf, tennis, racket ball and traveling. He was also an avid foodie.