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John Trippon  WWII


Feb. 7, 1922 - June 15, 2014

John Trippon, age 92, formerly of Joliet, passed away on June 15, 2014.


He was born to Ambrose and Florence (nee Brindus) Trippon and spent his childhood in Aurora and North Aurora.


Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, John volunteered for duty with the United States Army. He was eventually stationed in England where he played an important role in preparing for the Allied invasion of Normandy. During the 1944 D-Day invasion, he landed with the second wave at Omaha Beach as part of the 11th Port of Embarkation, attached to the 6th Engineer Special Brigade. He also participated in the Campaign to Liberate Normandy and Northern France. Following the War, he returned home to wed his sweetheart, Mary Rozich.

A civil engineer by trade, John worked for a number of corporations and government entities, including Standard Oil Company, the Tucker Corporation, Argonne National Laboratory and the Village of Bolingbrook before starting his own construction company. He retired several years ago and was living in Arizona at the time of his death.

John was active in numerous organizations, including Aurora Moose Lodge #400, Joliet Cantigny V.F.W. Post 367, Hal Carr D.A.V., Post #19, Legion of the Moose Mecca #9, Joliet Elk’s Lodge 296, Rotary Club International Bolingbrook Chapter, American Slovenian Home - Joliet Lodge, K.S.K.J. Fraternal Order Joliet, St. Francis Society #29, American Legion Post 1080, St. Joseph Church in Joliet, the Old Timer's Baseball Club in Will County, the Pulaski Club of Phoenix Arizona, St. George Church in Apache Junction Arizona, and the Arizona Accordion Club.

The last of his generation, John was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, two brothers, and his wife Mary.

He is survived by his daughters, Marianne (Bernard) Phelan of Barrington, Jane (Jerry) Cameron of Channahon; sons, John Trippon of Fort Leavenworth Kansas, Jim (Kim) Trippon of Houston Texas; grandchildren Dan & Elena Phelan, Jim (Mariah), Scott (Kate), Jerry & Kevin (Sara) Cameron, Alexis & David Trippon; great-grandchildren Andy, Ben, Reid, and Sadie Cameron. Numerous nieces, nephews & friends also survive.


Per John's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, August 7th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Joliet, followed by a private burial.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in his name be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Joliet.

Published: August 5, 2014 - The Herald-News, Joliet, IL

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