Military veteran

John Delton Medlock, 74, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at Cox South. He was born May 17, 1937, to Fred and Norma (Dixon) Medlock in Yukon, Mo. John fought a valiant battle against lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease for 9 long years.

John attended Houston, Mo., Schools and enjoyed his gatherings with the friends from the class of ’57. After school, John joined the United States Air Force and served for nine years as a staff sergeant. He was able to travel the world and was a trainer of security dogs and their handlers.

John met and married Margie Morton and they had a son, John D. Medlock, Jr. In 1966, he married Lana Burgess Orchard, and they had 45 wonderful years together.

John was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Louis Bodo; his in-laws; brothers, Glen and Ivan; brothers-in-law, Gary Hall and M.C. Sanders; and sister-in-law, Jayme Medlock.

John is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Lana; three sons, John Jr. of St. Louis, Bradley John Medlock of Springfield and Jay Dee Russell (Debbie) of Willow Springs, Mo; grandchildren, Shana Hancock of Centralia, Mo., Dakota Bo John Medlock of Springfield, Gabrielle Cheyenne Lynne Medlock of Springfield and Hannah Mae Russell of Willow Springs; two step-granddaughters and a great-granddaughter, Macie Nicole Hancock of Centralia, Mo.; loving siblings, Bob (Edna) Medlock of Ellisville, Mo., Thara Sanders of Neosho, Mo, Don (Kay) Medlock of St. Louis, Ronnie Dean (Kay) Medlock and Linda Hall, both from Houston, Mo.; brother-in-law, Joe (Lynette) Burgess of Plano, Texas; and many loving nieces, nephews and many friends.

John had many interests in life. In 1995, he and Lana retired to Springfield from St. Louis and relocated his business, Medlock Equipment Company. He and Lana loved fishing and spent every spring and fall fishing and loved taking his kids and grandkids to the lake. John was devoted to the Parkinson’s Groups of the Ozarks and often approached strangers with Parkinson’s to educate them on services available in Springfield.

Graveside services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

The family requests donations be made to The Parkinson’s Groups of the Ozarks (C/O Senior Advantage), 1000 E. Walnut Lawn, Springfield, Mo., 65807 or The American Cancer Society, 3322 S. Campbell, Springfield, Mo.

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