Colonel John E. Puckropp Sr.
E. Puckropp Sr.
April 14th 1938- Feb. 6th 2018
Colonel John Puckropp Senior, 79, regretfully passed away at his home on the evening of February 6th. Being a military man, he was highly decorated having served as a pilot in the Airforce for 26 years. Military decorations while serving include: Legion Of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Air Medal including three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Vietnam cross of Gallantry including palm. Towards the end of his time in service he had 3,700 hours of flying and 470 combat hours flying. In the beginning of his career he flew many B- 47's and at the conclusion was flying every B- 52 model in the inventory which as humble as he was, he could admit being very proud of.
Post retirement from the Airforce he did manage the local Brainerd airport and eventually moved on to earn the James L Oberstar award from the Minnesota Counsel of Airports. Even in his retirement he was seldom idle and enjoyed many well deserved comforts including spending time with his lovely wife of 56 years, working at their lake cabin in Nisswa or their garden in town, fishing either open water or ice, creating many joyous memories with his three surviving children and his grand children. John Sr. was at his happiest when family was all together and in his absence we will continue to be together knowing he loves us all and his legendary memory will forever live on through all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Beth. Sister, Sandra Wisen. Son, John Jr. Daughters, Cheryl and Jolynn. Grandchildren Ceaira, Connor, Hunter, Jessie, Kasidy, Victoria, and Saylor. We all love and miss you. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.