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A Christian celebration of life service for John Joseph Pedro, 77, of Coos Bay will be held at 2pm on February, 17th at the Coos Bay Chapel at 685 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay with Pastor Mark Schiro officiating
Directly after, an interment service will be held with Military Honors at the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery at 63060 Millington Frontage Rd, Coos Bay, Oregon.
John was born on March 23, 1946 to Joe Sylva and Rose (Dutra) Pedro in Escalon, California
He died on February 3rd, 2024 at his home in Coos Bay.
John attended McSwain Elementary School in Merced, California. He was in attendance until he went into the workforce, working in the cannery industry as a maintenance technician along with the dairy industry as a milker in the San Jaquin Valley region of his native California.
John later, in his early 20’s relocated to Coos Bay working in the timber industry starting with Coos Head Timber and later landing a job with Weyerhaeuser company at the North Bend lumber facility.
In May of 1967 John was drafted into the Vietnam War for the United States Army 39th Combat Engineers Division A company (CBT). While in country he was assigned to Forward Base LZ Ross and later reassigned to Forward Base LZ Young. It was at LZ Young that John was seriously injured. He was part of a forward relief party to support engineers that had been pinned down in an ambush. This battle became known as “The Hook” which occurred on Sept 17th 1968. John was medivaced to Chu Lai Army hospital that following morning. Later to Tokyo hospital and finally to Fort Ord Army Hospital in Monterey California for further treatment and rehabilitation that required over 2 years of hospitalization.
John received the following accommodations for his service in the Vietnam War: The Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Sharpshooter Badge (M14 service rifle).
John was later permanently retired (Honorable) by the U.S Army for injuries sustained from combat in the Vietnam War.
John met the Love of his Life, Marlene Fertuna in Gustine, California at a local Portuguese Celebration prior to him leaving for Vietnam in 1967. John and Marlene courted through mail while John was overseas and they would later marry in June of 1969 in Hayward, California.
They settled in Seaside, California and had four children, Joe, Lloyd, Cordelia and Joann. While John resided in Seaside he acquired his Student Pilots License, High School Diploma and a College Associates Degree at Lasell University as a personal goal for himself to accomplish after the war. The family would live in Seaside until early 1981. John and Marlene wanted to relocate to an area to raise the children in a more rural setting, choosing to move back to Coos Bay, OR.
John enjoyed many facets of life including his tractors, reloading, hunting and fishing, gardening, flying, camping, Amateur Radio (operator KB7NTJ), his 1964 Ford pickup restoration project, and dirt work projects on his property. He most enjoyed taking care of his wife, Marlene and their four children. Together, as a family they lived rooted in the Christian teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
John is survived by his children Joe Pedro of Coos Bay, son and daughter-in-law Lloyd and Tina Pedro of Coos Bay, daughter Cordelia Pedro of Coos Bay, daughter and son-in-law Joann and Rob Dyer of Bandon, sister Delores Dickey of San Jose, CA, sister and brother-in-law Josephine and Tim Schmit of Corn, Oklahoma, brother and sister-in-law Tony and Sue Pedro of Atwater, CA along with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, ten nieces and seven nephews.
John passed away on the Sabbath Day of Our Lord just before Sunrise on February 3, 2024.
He was proceeded in death by his beloved mother Rose Pedro, father Joe Sylva Pedro, beloved wife Marlene Pedro, beloved sister & brother-in-law Olivia & Don Lencioni and beloved brother-in-law Steve Dickey.
Memorial contribution can be made in John’s memory with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (vvmf.org) or by mail to 3033 Wilson Blvd Ste 300, Arlington, VA 22201.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131. www.coosbayareafunerals.com