John Francis Deddens
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John Francis Deddens
  • August 7, 1926 - May 1, 2017
  • Maplewood, Ohio

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DEDDENS, John "Jack" F., Age 90 passed away on Monday, May 1. He was born on August 7, 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his wife Eileen. She was the love of his life and they were married for 57 years. Also, preceding him in death were his parents, Carl and Jane Deddens, In-Laws Rudy and Gladys Clark, Sister-In-Law, Darlyne Clark, Twin Grandchildren, Drew and Cole Deddens and one Great Grandchild, Taylor Deddens. He is survived by his five children. Carl and Margaret Deddens of Maplewood, New Jersey, Bill and Lisa Deddens of Jupiter, Florida, Karen ( AKA: Kuna-Bell) and Kevin Crotty of Springboro, Ohio, Michael and Angel Deddens of Athens, Ohio and Mark and Tammy Deddens of Centerville, Ohio. Jack was blessed with 21 Grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren (with one on the way)! Brother James Deddens and Sister Joyce Deddens who both reside in Virginia. Sister-In-Law Carolyn and Henry Kirkwood of Arizona. Numerous nieces and nephews. Jack grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and went on to serve in WWII as a navigator on a B29. He was a very proud veteran and several years ago his oldest grandchild, Colin Crotty, took him on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. It was one of his favorite memories from his later years. Jack had a passion for his family. He and Eileen did everything together spending much of their time with their children and grandchildren. He wrote many short stories for his grandchildren and would often then go to the grandkids school as a featured guest and would read his stories to the classrooms. He was also very well known for taking the grandkids on Adventures. He would take them around town to landmarks or special places of his that he wanted them to know about and then out to eat at Bob Evans. Another passion Jack had was archeology. He spent many hours building an extensive collection of American Indian Artifacts. He has donated his collection to the Boonshoft Museum and Sun Watch Indian Village. Jack had a very strong devotion to his Catholic Faith. He was very involved at St. Albert the Great Parish and Right to Life. You always knew his car by his Right to Life Sticker. He gave countless hours to the organization and had deep hope to one day see this end. The House of Bread was another place you could find Jack. He enjoyed helping the less fortunate. What an impact Jack had on every life he touched. He was a GREAT Man and will be missed dearly. The family will receive friends at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 3033 Far Hills Ave. Kettering, OH 45429 from 11am Monday, May 8, 2017 until time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Dayton Right to Life Foundation, 425 N. Findlay St. Dayton, OH 45404 or www.daytonlife.org. TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.