John S. Wadsworth
Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 10:00 am
The Crossing Church, 6000 West Geneva Drive, St. Peters, MO
Memorial contributions may be made to the John S. Wadsworth Scholarship Fund in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.
John Wadsworth was a leader in the truest sense of the word! He possessed a unique gift in which he motivated individuals to perform beyond even their own expectations, and always had an intense sense of responsibility towards their well-being. John graduated with honors from Hale Ray High School in Moodus, CT as Valedictorian. He received a Bachelors of Science from University of Connecticut in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science. Thereafter, he pursued a Masters in Management Science and graduated from Troy University. John began his career in the US Navy where he attended Flight Training School in Pensacola, FL. Shortly after in 1992, John was stationed in Sigonella, Italy. While serving in the Navy, John moved to St Louis area. There he served as a Flight Engineer and FAA Check Airman on the Boeing 727 for TWA Airlines. In 2005, John became the Commanding Officer of the VR-54 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, New Orleans, Louisiana. He served 21 years in the Navy where he was involved in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Joint Task Force Operations during Hurricane Katrina. While John was a Commander in the Navy Reserve, he joined Southwest Airlines in April 2005 where he enjoyed almost 10 years of dedicated service. Johnís greatest achievements are his four sons, Blaine, Nate, Sam and Tyler. Each young man exhibits the greatest of Johnís attributes including honor, courage, commitment, integrity, dignity, compassion, patience and grace. One of the greatest joys that John shared with his sons was his love of sports and living life to the fullest. When John met his wife Angela it was clear that he found the love of his life. He always lit up when talking about herÖand their boys Nate, Blaine, Tyler and Sam. John had a massive smile and hearty, infectious laugh. He was passionate about his friends and family. Always planning trips, cooking dinners, traveling abroad and looking for adventure. He enjoyed whitewater rafting, snow skiing, horseback riding, fishing, tubing, always enjoying life to the fullest. Never dull, always exciting, always Full of Life! John passed away after 52 years of a life full of great achievements, humbling life events, and a full-on determination to overcome adversity and always reach for greatness. As we thought about John much of the last few months as he battled cancer - we are reminded that our heroes are among us. They are a husband, father, brother, friend, co-worker and volunteer. They may walk with us every day or may be with us during just a portion of our lives. But while with us, they show us a path. They provide a light. They lift us up in time of need. They lend an ear. They give us hope and help us see the promise in our lives. John was truly a beacon of light for those who knew him. John will be missed greatly by many. Our lives will never be the same.