Our beloved father and grandfather, John Z. Posadas Sr., 95, peacefully passed away in his home on December 25, 2016. He spent all of Christmas day with his adoring family before taking his last breath shortly before midnight.
John was born in Guatemala in 1921 and arrived to the United States in 1938. He was a resident of San Francisco for more than 75 years and was a resident of Rohnert Park for the past 9 years. A true outdoorsman, he spent many summers and winters in South Lake Tahoe, but loved nothing more than just spending time with his family. His smile and grin will forever be missed, but remembered by those he left behind.
He married the love of his life, Simona Urrutia in 1942 before enlisting in the army the same year. A veteran of WWII, he was a paratrooper who jumped 22 times and was awarded several medals for his dedication and bravery. He was part of the 82nd airborne division and stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Following the attack, he went missing in action and presumed dead for more than 2 years, but returned to his love’s doorstep after escaping a POW camp.
John is survived by his wife of 75 years and 3 sons; John Jr., Michael, and Greg. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Mario.
A viewing will be held on Monday, January 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. located at Eggen & Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa. The burial service will take place on Tuesday, January 3 at 11 a.m. located at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.