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Updated: 01/27/2014 08:00:01AM

John Wayne Kehoe

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John Wayne Kehoe, 69, of Gulf Cove, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer, in the company of his loving wife and son.

He was born April 4, 1944, in Elmira, N.Y., and was the youngest of five children to Harold J. and Velma Sautter Kehoe.

John graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Elmira Heights, N.Y. He was a Methodist. John also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. John retired to Florida in 1990, after working as a steel salesman in Western New York and Pennsylvania. He loved his family, boating, traveling, and cars and boats of all kinds. John was fortunate enough to have owned a wide variety of cars and boats during his life, which provided him with enjoyment.

He felt most alive when he was on the water, and spent as much time as he could on the waters of Charlotte Harbor and Seneca Lake, N.Y. He raised his family on beautiful Lake Latonka in Mercer, Pa., prior to moving to Florida, and was proud to put both his sons through college. John enjoyed water-skiing, and introduced many people to the sport. He enjoyed his 23 years of Florida retirement, fulfilling his lifelong dream to move south. John loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed watching them grow.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan (nee Coombs) Kehoe; two sons, Bryan (Yona) of Englewood, Fla., and Mike (Jaime) of Stokesdale, N.C.; grandchildren, Kayla, Paige and Eric of Englewood, and Max of Stokesdale; sister, Alyene Jenkins of Wellsburg, N.Y., and Marilyn Rathbun of Matthews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his brother, Neal; and sister, Barbara Kehoe Heatherton.

Private services will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 4574 Via Royale, Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla.

John and his family would like to thank the angels at Tidewell Hospice through his challenging time.

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