Edmond John Kwolek II, left us on August 17, 2017, surrounded by loving family, after a long illness. John was born on December 25, 1953 in Oxnard, California, a tiny Christmas miracle so small he fit into his father's hand. He grew into a tall, handsome man with a big and generous heart. He had many passions. He loved his family, and stayed close to them. He was a creative cook, and could spend hours with a pot of chili, a smoked turkey, or a batch of jalapeno relish to be sure they were just right and plenty to share. John also had a special gift with all things mechanical. It did not matter what kind of machine it was, if it had moving parts, he could make it whole. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1976, putting his talents to work keeping the complex B-52 Bombers of the 5th Bomber Wing of the Strategic Air Command flying. His career was as a Mechanical Engineer and system designer with companies in Joplin and Baxter Springs. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, sport shooting, and taking his boat on the waterpreferably for some water skiing or off-shore fishing. At his core, John was a sweet and gentle soul who never lost his sense of wonder and the ability to laugh.
John graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1972 and lived and made friends all over the country. He spent time in North Dakota, Oregon, Colorado, Missouri, New England, and finally settled back in Baxter Springs. John is predeceased by his wife Terry Kwolek, and his parents Helen and Ed Kwolek. He is survived by his daughter Angelia Hibbard (Tim), son Aaron Kwolek, step-sons Kenneth and Eric Hoffa, sister Angel Kwolek-Folland (Nathan), and by grandchildren Jacob, Abbi, David, and Samantha, and great grandson Wesley. A celebration of John's life will be held at a later time.
Published on August 25, 2017