More detail on this person: Capt. John Kirwin Davis, veteran of the U. S. Army, age 71, of Ft. Myers, FL and formerly of Johnsburg, passed away on Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home. He was born March 3, 1945 in Evanston to John and Lucille (Kirwin) Davis. John resided in Chicago until he was ten, when his family relocated to the Sunnyside Estates subdivision of Johnsburg. He was a graduate of McHenry High School, District 156. After high school, John joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He entered the Army's helicopter training program, which he absolutely loved. He became a pilot on a helicopter gunship and attained the rank of Captain. In 1970 during a tour of duty in Vietnam, John was in charge of squadron of helicopters which took a direct hit from enemy fire. The helicopter was able to land safely saving his entire crew, but John was permanently disabled from injuries he sustained. He lived in Johnsburg until 1996, then he and his mother moved to Florida to be closer to family. John's dedicated mother, Lucille, cared for him for a few decades, and when she passed on, his sister and her family made sure John had all the comforts he needed. John enjoyed boating and fishing in the Florida sun, as well as in Illinois. He was an avid collector of weapons, and loved taking his race car to the drag strip. Johnsburg and McHenry people will remember him as a friendly and outgoing veteran who served his country well. John is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Paul Arguez, and his niece Mackenzie Arguez. He was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Lucille, on January 27, 2011. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be 4:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. For those wishing to send an expression of sympathy, his family suggests memorials to Paralyzed Veterans of America at www.pva.org For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.
Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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