John Ornelas, 85, Chanute, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at his home.
John was born June 16, 1927, at Bassett, the son of Joe and Juanita Medina Ornelas. He grew up in the Bassett and Iola area, attended Iola schools and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
On Sept. 30, 1970, John married Ana Nuno. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Torrance, Calif., before he retired at age 57. They moved to Humboldt in 1984 and then to Chanute in 1991.
Survivors include his wife, Ana, of the home; two children, Joe Ornelas, Lane, and Elizabeth Donnelly, Iola; and four children from a previous marriage, Juanita Seto of California, Joanne Jackson of Alaska, Janice Deken of Arizona and Jody Guilford of Kansas√ü; three siblings, Reuben Ornelas of Texas, David Ornelas of Wichita, and Mary Ornelas of Kansas City, Kan.’ 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son John Ornelas, Jr., and a grandson Reuben Deken.
Cremation has taken place.
Visitation is 6 to 8 this evening at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com