Confirmed:John Putalavage, Retired US Air Force, Vietnam, Desert Storm (48-19) 5 APR 19

April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 11:15 am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
1065 E Live Oak Rd
Schertz, TX 78154

The family of Mr. John Putalavage, a US Air Force (Retired) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

CMSgt John (Jack) R. Putalavage USAF (Retired) passed away on Sunday March 24, 2019 at his home in Schertz, TX at the age of 69.  He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (Pavuk) Putalavage.  He is survived by his loving wife Carolyn Putalavage; children Jenifer and her husband Scott Ross, John (JR) R. Putalavage Jr. and his wife Eryn, Jacob Putalavage, Jeremy Dibley and his wife Elizabeth, Erin Delarosa and her husband Ben.  He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Adam, Emma, Delancey, Astor, Tilly, Anthony, Isabell, Sabrina, Thomas, and Carlton. Brothers: Michael Putalavage, Vince Putt and his wife Karen; along with brother and sister in-laws and many loving nephews, nieces, and many wonderful friends.  Jack joined the US Air Force in December of 1968.  He had many duty stations to include Vietnam, Germany, and multiple stateside assignments and has been all over the world during his service in the USAF.  He supported the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Calm.  Among his numerous awards are Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters, among many other medals and awards for campaigns and unit awards.  Following his retirement in December 1994, he moved to San Antonio, TX where he started work with Scion Lighting Corporation and the US Postal Service until he fully retired in 2011.  Jack was extremely loyal, loving, kind, and generous.  He never met a stranger and enjoyed socializing and keeping in touch with everyone he met through the years.  He will be dearly missed.

WEATHER: Hi 85 / Lo 65, 10% Chance of Rain, 61% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Donna Grimmer, Family SPOX

STAGING:  0730 Hours, Friday, April 5, 2019
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
1065 E Live Oak Rd
Schertz, TX 78154

BRIEFING:  0745 Hours

SERVICE: 0830 Hours
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
1065 E Live Oak Rd
Schertz, TX 78154

KSU:  0915 Hours (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   1015 Hours Shelter #2
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

RC:   Craig “Last Draftee” Hunter

FC:   Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223