Master Sergeant John Thomas Petty Sr., USAF, retired, was born on March 10, 1940 to the late Ouida F. Nance and John Runnells in Dallas, Texas. He was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on October 18, 2021 in Merced, California at the age of 81.
John attended California State University, Stanislaus were obtain his degree in Psychology and Counseling. John was an Air Force veteran, having served two tours in the Vietnam War. John retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of honorable service. John also was a program manager of Merced County for a number of years.
He is survived and was the beloved husband of 58 years to Betty Jean Petty; loving father of his children Ret. Sgt. Ouida F. Petty, US Army and son Ret. Captain John T. Petty Jr. US Army, Uncle to Arjune Earskines. Devoted grandfather to his grandchildren , David Gunn, Chantera Gunn, Dominique Gunn, Antionette Gunn, Bianca Petty, Janaya Petty, Janessa Petty and Jada Petty, Lucianna Fuller, Carl Fuller, Clifton Fuller numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother Ouida F. Nance, step father Allen A. Nance Jr. brother Com. Rodger J. Earskines Sr., nephew Rev. Rodger J. Earskines Jr. and Daughter Claudine D Fuller.
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