SUPPLY — John Francis Konen Sr., 84, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
John was born on Jan. 6, 1933, on Long Island, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 as a machinist repairman. He later worked at Gulton Industries in New Jersey, where his talent as a draftsman was recognized.
He spent most of his career as a tool designer and plant engineer at Purolator Products in Rahway, N.J., before accepting the challenge as project coordinator for the building of a new plant in Fayetteville, N.C., where he eventually transferred in 1972. John later worked at United Tool and Stamping in Fayetteville and Woodard Furniture in Maxton before retiring to his home on the Intracoastal Waterway in Supply, N.C., in 2001.
John had a real gift of artistic ability and loved to draw cartoons, and especially Disney characters. He enjoyed bowling, archery, hunting, fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating and camping. He camped from Niagara Falls, Canada, all the way down the East Coast to south Florida. He served as assistant Scout master, was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and past commander of Shallotte River Power Squadron (2005). He loved the water and building things. John built all three homes in which his family lived – Edison, N.J., Hope Mills, N.C. and ‘Windy Point.’
John is survived by his wife, Joan Margaret (Yuhas) of Supply, N.C.; son, Joe Konen, and his wife, Jillene, of Clayton, N.C.; daughter, Jill, and her husband, John Beavin, of Clayton, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Jakob Beavin, Joseph Konen and Jenna Beavin, all of Clayton, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his first son, John F. ‘Jack’ Konen Jr., formerly of Boone, N.C.; brother, Russell ‘Edward’ Konen; mother, Mary Hart Konen; and stepfather, John J. Konen.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway W., Shallotte. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer any donation (even $10 versus $50-$100 in flowers) be made in memory of John F. Konen Sr. to the John F. Konen Jr. Scholarship Endowment for Trumpet, Appalachian State University.
Online condolences may be sent to www.shallottefunerals.com.