John Michael Breese

June 7, 1946 - September 7, 2010

John Michael Breese, age 64, of Frisco, Texas, passed away September 7, 2010. John was born June 7, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, to Donald Breese Sr. and Caroline (Rybak) Breese. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Marksman (rifle) medal. John was an avid woodworker and talented stained glass artist. He is survived by his daughter, Brooke Adams and husband James of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Emmaline and Garrett Adams of Plano, Texas; sister, Alice Brochner of Frisco, Texas; brothers, Bill Breese of Denver, Colorado, and Donald Breese Jr. of Alaska; numerous loving nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives. John was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Sr. and Caroline Breese; and sister, Rose Marie Breese. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 4:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, in Allen, Texas, with pastors Andy Whaley and Jack Schneider officiating. Interment with military honors is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Monday, September 13, 2010 at DFW National Cemetery.

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From ASU, John worked as a carpenter in the Facilities Carpenter Shop. He would always show me pictures of his daughter and first grandaughter and then the grandson. I kept in touch with John after he moved and retirement really seemed to agree with him. I know John was so happy to be in Texas and we miss him here in Arizona. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Julie Blusiewicz, September 14, 2010 My Uncle Johnny, I remember Uncle Johnny, as a quiet and very kind man. I remember when he left for Vietnam, I was about 10 years old and we would stay in touch by writting letters. I prayed every day for his safe return and God answered my prayers bringing him home safely from the war. I was very grateful that he was able to come to Alaska earlier this year, it was nice to see him again and talk about old times and look at old photo's. This brought back so many fond memories, and now the journey of life has ended and God has called another soldier home. Uncle Johnny, thank you for kindness, love and understanding. We will miss you. May you now be able to rest in peace. You will always be in our hearts! We love you, Anna Marie Anna Marie Dressen, September 12, 2010 I had the privilege of working with John at ASU for about 4 years before he retired and moved to Texas to be near and spend time with his beloved daughter and grandchildren. I am so sorry to hear of his passing for those who remain here and will have only memories now to fill the hole he has left in their hearts and lives. But I rejoice in the thought of him in Heaven experiencing life as God originally intended; no more tears, no more sorrows, no more pain, no more death... Brooke, he made it a point to visit my office and show me the latest batch of pictures he was always so excited to receive from the daughter and son-in-law he was so proud of and the grandchildren who were the twinkle in his gentle eyes. It was obvious his family was everything to him and I am so thankful that he was able to move near you and have time with you. My heart and prayers are with you in your deep loss. Judy Darlene Swartz, September 12, 2010 Johnny. Although it has been many years since I have seen you, I still remember all the good times and not so good times we shared.I am a better person because of you. I remember our guitar playing and our fishing together and what a proud daddy you were. You will never be forgotten.My wife and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to your family and may God be with you forever. Gary L Beedle, September 11, 2010 I was sad to hear that John passed away. He was a kind true friend and will live on in my memories.He will be missed professionally and personally by all that knew him. My thoughts are with you Brooke. Shelly Ruybalid (Courtney's mom) Shelly Treva Ruybalid, September 10, 2010 John and I met at Fort Riley, Kansas, and served in a reconnaisance unit in Vietnam in 1967. He was an easy-going, friendly guy who liked to play guitar. I was happy to hear from him when he found me online last year - it had been a long time, but I remembered him well. My prayers are with you and your family - Jerry Koons Jerry Koons, September 10, 2010 I remember my Uncle Johnny as a child, when he came home from Vietnam, tall,lean and with a quiet spirit. The look of love in his eyes when I met his daughter Brooke as a child, for the first time. Then the excitement in his voice when he told us he was moving to Texas to be near his daughter and grandchild. I now know John as a strong man with a gentle heart. Everyday is a gift....Uncle John you are loved and in my prayers. Mihcelle Brochner, September 10, 2010 I have many happy memories from my childhood playing in the Breese home. John was always such and kind and caring soul. He will be deeply missed. Love, Jeff, Courtney & Connor Courtney (Wharton) Fay, September 9, 2010 Johnny is my brother-in-law (Bill Breese) brother. He was a good man,a proud father and grandfather, an honored soldier, and beloved brother. While I've not seen Johnny since I was very young, I recently reconnected with him via Facebook. I remember his recent trip to Alaska and the comments and photographs he shared. I enjoyed sharing in his memories captured by his photography. The blessings of this opportunity for him were so apparent and it was so nice to hear him so excited about the special time he spent there with some of his most beloved family. I am thankful he had that opportunity and enjoyed so much life! God's peace and blessings to all the family. Faith & Bill Marlin, September 9, 2010 Though I only remember John from memories of our childhood I know he is a great person, was a great father, and grandfather and will be missed very much by all who knew him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!! Love John and Ronica (Bagley) Stoilov Ronica Bagley Stoilov, September 9, 2010 Dad, I love you and miss you already. I know you are at peace and in a good place. Emmaline, Garrett, Amelia, Lucy and James love you too! E and G will always enjoy the tomato juice story. Love, Brooke Brooke Adams, September 9, 2010