John Cereghin

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SMYRNA, Del. -- John Lawrence Cereghin, of Smyrna, Del., died on Sunday, May 11, 2014. He was 78 years old.

John was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Wilfred and Nora Cereghin. He spent his younger years in Defiance, Ohio.

John was retired from the U.S. Air Force as an E9 sergeant major, serving in Vietnam as a medic and also stationed in Europe, Japan, Greenland, Newfoundland, Alabama, Idaho, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a physician's assistant at Perry Point Veterans Hospital, Perry Point, Md., until he retired in 1990. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1974.

John was also a champion amateur boxer during his youth and while in the Air Force. He was a Golden Gloves champion, National AAU champion, All Air Force champion, Interservice champion and military CISM (military Olympics) champion. He greatly enjoyed hunting, gun collecting and golf. He was a life member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gladys Lawrence Cereghin of Smyrna, Del.; a son and daughter-in-law, Rev. John P. and Teresa Cereghin of Smyrna; four grandchildren, Patrick, Jennifer, Andrew and Daniel, all of Smyrna; one sister, Barbara (Ronald) Walker; three brothers, James J., Leonard M. and Mike Cereghin.

Services were held May 16 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, Del. Burial was with full military honors May 19, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Newark, Del.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 66, Smyrna, Del.

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