John G. Markel died April 29, 2008. He was born June 17, 1917 in Newcastle, Pa., and moved to Phoenix in 1923.
He graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1937 and was a member of Allied and Painters Trade Union Local #86 in Phoenix until his death.
Markel served as a staff sergeant gunnery instructor in the Army Air Force from 1941 through 1948.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Geri Gilmore; and cousins, James Schmidt and Grace McCormick of North Lima, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and an aunt.
A memorial service is pending at the National Cemetery in Phoenix.
Donations in Mr. Markel's name may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.