John William Gilchrist II passed away on September 19, 2012. He was born in Kansas City, MO on August 18, 1943 to Norma (Moore) and John W. Gilchrist. In August 1947 the family moved to Phoenix and John graduated from West High School in 1962. In 1985 he returned to Phoenix from Des Moines, IA after 20-plus years in restaurant management for Village Inn Pizza Parlors. He was employed by the VA Medical Center for the last 15 years, most recently as a Lead Mail Clerk. John had an amazing passion for life and the things he loved. He was a member of the Tennessee Squires; he loved the Old West, Nascar and the Oakland Raiders. He had a great sense of humor and the ability to touch people he came into contact with. He will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his parents and his good friend Sherri Walter. He is survived by his daughter, Krista Baker; his son, John III (Rachel), his grandchildren Alexandra Quinones (David), John Anthony aka RJ, Trenton Gilchrist-Bender and Haydan Bender; and his great-grandson, DJ Quinones. He also leaves his sisters, Marty Stephens and Laurie Gilchrist; nephews Steve Sampson (Lisa), Michael and David Geiger and nieces, Lisa Wardell and Stacy Geiger, and great-nieces, Amber and Monica Sampson. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the VA Medical Center Chapel, 650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012.
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