John Albert Struck • April 7, 2021



John Albert Struck, Sr. of Pensacola, FL, was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1923. He went to our Lord on April 7th, 2021 at the age of 97. He attended Pensacola High and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy to serve during WWII. He survived when his ship, the USS Block Island, CVE-21 was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a German U-boat on May 29th, 1944. He was later deployed to the Pacific Theater until the War’s end. He also reenlisted at the start of the Korean War. Much of his career was spent repairing military aircraft as a civilian at Naval Air Station – Pensacola, until his retirement in 1980.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Henry Struck, his brother, Henry Struck Jr and his sister, Helen Samaras.

John is survived by his wife Nancy R. Struck to whom he was married to for 71½ years, his children: John (Patricia), Stephen (Jane), and Jane (Terry), six grandchildren: Lauren (Craig), Christopher, Emily, Allan (Jayden), Anne, and Elizabeth, one great grandchild: Grant, and his brother: Jerry (Babs).

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 14, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1212 E Moreno St, Pensacola, FL 32503 between 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The rosary will be prayed starting at 6:30. The burial Mass will also be held at the Cathedral the next day, April 15th starting at 10:30 AM followed by a procession to the Barrancas National Cemetery located at Pensacola NAS. A short service will start at 1:00PM at the cemetery. The funeral mass will be live streamed for anyone that cannot attend. The link to view the funeral mass can be found on Sacred Heart’s website. https://shc.ptdiocese.org/

He was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and an avid leader of local Troop 608 of the Boy Scouts of America, teaching life skills to an entire generation of young men. In his youth, he owned and operated a race car called the “Circle Deuce” and frequently raced in the Southern Circuit in the 1940’s. He learned how to ice skate while serving during the War and was actually requested to be appear in Hollywood movies. He loved taking his family on road trips and frequently took his family to Disney World, a practice he maintained for decades. He loved playing marbles and later in life, he became an avid bird watcher. He was a very skilled craftsman in many areas, this included wood working, electrical, and mechanical repairs.
The Struck Family wants to extend a very special thank you to all the nurses and staff of the Emerald Coast Hospice for their kind and generous help.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

  1. Dr Bernard L Atwell says:

    In the 50 years I knew Mr. Struck I found him to be an honorable Christian gentleman. I have never heard anyone say anything derogatory about him. His death leaves an emptiness in my heart as I am sure it does in the hearts of his loved ones but the memory of his friendship and love will never be forgotten. As a fellow Christian I feel sure we will all be reunited happily in heaven soon if we only believe.

  2. Frances E Simpson says:

    I met Mr. Struck through his son Stephen and even though we did not meet frequently, when we did meet I was always glad to see him and talk to him and he made me feel welcome and special because he saw me as a friend and an interesting person. He leaves a great hole in our hearts but I believe he is truly well and happy and looking forward to the day we meet again.

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