John Quincy “Jack” English, 86, formerly of Refugio, died Sept. 14, 2009, after a long illness in Wilmore, Ky. at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.
He served as a radio operator in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1945. Jack was employed by Quintana Petroleum Corporation from 1946 to1986, first in Refugio, then in Port Lavaca, Houston and Maplewood, La. before finishing his career at Quintana’s Tom O’Connor Field in Refugio. He was a devout Catholic.
On Sept. 3, 1947, he married Marilou Ficklin at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. Before his death, the couple celebrated 62 years of marriage.
He was born March 23, 1923, in Oblong, Ill. to Forest Fenton English and Margaret Estelle Langen English.
He was preceded in death by his son, William F. “Bill” English; and one brother, Bob English.
Survivors include his wife Marilou English of Lexington, Ky.; three sons, John Quincy English Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla.; Robert Anthony “Tony” English and his wife Lynn of Lexington, Ky.; and James M. English and his wife Mary, of Hereford; one brother, Bill English and his wife Myra of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.
A Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Refuge in Refugio, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested for The Alzheimer’s Association Best Friends Adult Day Center, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205 or the Holy Spirit Parish Music Ministry, 320 Rose Lane, Lexington, KY 40508.