John Stege

JOHN STEGE 10/26/1920-12/28/2010

John Stege Sr. was born in Los Angeles to Art and Clementine Donahue Stege. He was raised in Lancaster, California with his sister Katie (Whidden). While Dad was in the Retail Wholesale Wine and Spirits industry his entire business life, his real joy and love was in his Family and Flying.
Dad matriculated from the Army Air Corp as a Major, having flown 125 missions in a P-38 fighter plane in both North Africa and The South Pacific in World War II. We had no idea growing up in Van Nuys, California that our Father was a war hero, as he never spoke of his exploits until his later years. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame for the Newport Beach American Legion Post #291. He was always in Our Family Hall as the best Father, Friend, Uncle, and Grandpa everyone could ever have. It is with much joy and comfort that he is now reunited with our Beloved Mother Charlene Mary Mertes, who departed from us in June of 1999.
He is survived by Son John Jr., Los Gatos (Laura), Lorraine Ellen in Napa, Roseann Christine in Costa Mesa (Steve Wherry), Mary Lynn in Fairfield (John Askin), and Sally Elizabeth in Chico, and 7 grandchildren, 3 nieces, 2 grand nieces, 2 grand nephews and one great grand niece. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion, Post 291, 215 E. 15th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion on January 15th 2011.
He will be missed by many…

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