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Deas, John Wesley

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June 22, 1927 - September 15, 2016

Deas, John Wesley

John Wesley Deas, of Farmers Branch, Texas passed away on September 15, 2016 at the age of 89.

John was born on June 22, 1927 in Canton, GA to Lucille and Vann J Deas, Sr.  He grew up in Rock Hill, SC and graduated from Clemson University in 1950 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He served in the U.S. Navy prior to attending Clemson and the U.S. Air Force after graduation as a First Lieutenant.  John went to work for General Electric in 1953 and retired after 33 years of service in Sales of Turbine and Power Generation.  John’s civic and professional affiliations included the Elfun Society at General Electric, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Legion.

He married Vivian Spetla in 1960 in Schenectady, NY and the pair lived in Lynn, MA and Pittsburgh, PA before settling in Farmers Branch, TX in 1968. John and Vivian both came from large families with 8 siblings each and had two daughters, Cynthia and Susan.

In addition to fishing and hunting, John enjoyed playing bingo, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and volunteering at First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vivian; daughter, Cynthia Morris, husband Greg and sons, Colin and Blake of Plano, Texas; daughter, Susan Shaw, husband Ken, son, Taylor and daughter, Lauren of Plano, Texas; sister, Martha Hamlin of Atlanta, Georgia; and several brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Visitation and viewing is set from 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Funeral service is at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch, 13017 William Dodson Pkwy, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234

Interment, with military honors, will follow the service, at 2:15 at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

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julie and randy

September 20, 2016 7:19PM

may the precious memories of Johnny help you through these difficult times. With our deepest sympathy.
Julie and Randy Zmolik

Jay and Merrill Ellis

September 20, 2016 6:52PM

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Jay and Merrill

Vanessa & Clay

September 20, 2016 2:33PM

Susie Q,

You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Love ya! V

John Adams

September 20, 2016 10:35AM

We will miss Johnny