John R. East

Born: Tue., Aug. 9, 1949
Died: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 08, 2019
Location: Shirley & Stout
Jefferson Street Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Jan. 08, 2019
Location: Shirley & Stout
Jefferson Street Chapel

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John R. East, 69, Kokomo, passed away at 5:53 am Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Northwoods Village in Kokomo.  He was born August 9, 1949, in Kokomo, to the late Elmer & Blythe Jean East.  He married Harriet M. Derricott on January 23, 2003 in Kokomo and she survives.

John was a graduate of Maconaquah High School.  He served with the United States Army. John worked for Chrysler Corp for 32 years, and would often be found tinkering in his garage. He was active with the Disabled American Veteran “DAV”, a member of the Veterans of the Foreign War “VFW”, and a life member of the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization. 

Along with his wife Harriet, John is survived by his children, Beth, Shuna, John “Rusty” (Elizabeth), and Joe; step-children, Scott, Kimberly (Terry), and Stephany, along with several grandchildren, and step-grandchildren; and siblings, Carolyn, Richard, Judy, Donna, Janet, Robert, Jerry, Steve, and Richard.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, James. 

Funeral services will be held at Noon Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Jefferson Street Chapel, 414 W. Jefferson Street, Kokomo, with Chaplain Dennis Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:00 pm Tuesday in Marion National Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10-Noon Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization, 8313 E. 400 S., Greentown, IN  46936.  Messages of condolence may be left online at 

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A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
Offering my condolence to the family and friends of John East. As you cherish the many fond memories of Mr. East, reflect on the time when sickness & death will be conditions of the past! (Revelation 21:3,4; 1Corinthians 15: 26) This is what our loving God Jehovah has promised and Jesus Christ himself guaranteed the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19)
May God’s word comfort you at this time & each day to come, as we await the fulfillment of his promises! (Joshua 23:14)

Stan and Marion Knarr
   Posted Sun January 06, 2019
May the happy memories shared by family and friends bring comfort and smiles as those times are remembered and cherished.
May you all be wrapped in the love and peace of God’s warmth.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.