Potwin Christian Church
Saturday January 8th, 2022
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John Michael Boccia
John’s life began on November 20, 1954, at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, KS. He was the son of C M and Norvella (Melton) Boccia. John graduated from Columbus Unified Schools in 1973. He was united in marriage to Katherine Johnson on November 8, 1974, at First Baptist Church in Carl Junction, MO. John worked most of his life as a machinist, first in local area shops and then Boeing/Spirit AeroSystems as a research and development machinist until his retirement in 2017. He was a member of the Potwin Christian Church and served on the Elder Board for over 20 years. John was a licensed glider pilot and flew (and crashed) his own ultralight aircraft. In his spare time he enjoyed gunsmithing and firearms as well as making brass miniatures. He was also well known for his sausage-making skills using the old family recipe. Family ties to West Mineral, KS kept John busy as he supported the preservation of Big Brutus (the retired electric shovel on which his father once worked) and was involved in helping to place his grandparents’ old grocery store in West Mineral on the National Register of Historic Places.
John lived for his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa John.” His greatest joy was his family which include his parents C M and Norvella Boccia of Pittsburg, his wife Kathy of Potwin; children Michael (Erin) Boccia of Wichita, Gina Boccia of Elbing and Nathan (Sharla) Boccia of Andover; grandchildren Evelyn, Timothy, Julia, and Nicolas Boccia, Olivia and Breck Wisdom, and Sophia, Talia and Gemma Boccia; siblings Theresa Boccia Barker of Frontenac, Vic (Don Weaver) Boccia of Miamisburg, OH, Vince (Vicki) Boccia of Brentwood, CA, Barb (Mark) Wixon of Fort Worth, TX and Monica (Troy) Taylor of Santa Fe, NM and several nieces and nephews. John passed away on December 23, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. His family will gather with friends on Saturday January 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Potwin Christian Church for his funeral service. He will be laid to rest in Green Valley Cemetery, Furley. Lamb Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be directed to Potwin Christian Church. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at www.yazelmeglifh.com.
I used to live across the street from John and Kathy. I was in disbelief when my son told me they had both passed. My prayers go out to their kids and the rest of their family. They both were some of the nicest people I've ever known.
Todd Carr Jan 16 2022 9:01 PM
John and Kathy were such wonderful folks. I'll never forget their kindness and generosity toward me and my family. Always had an encouraging word and we'll miss both of then immensely. I will keep the family in my prayers.
Will Carpenter Jan 10 2022 4:49 PM
dear friends of my parents, leonard and jan anderson. dad is gone, but mom often spoke very fondly of them both. my sincerest condolences to the rest of the family, and may God grant you peace at this time.
ronnie anderson Jan 8 2022 7:07 PM
Much Love to Boccia's!! 🤲
Sonialeto Jan 8 2022 4:29 PM
I was John's machine shop teacher his freshman year in high school. It was my first year and he was one of my favorite in 36 years here in Columbus. His mom came to the open house and was so funny We attended their wedding were friends all these years. We have visited in each others homes. John and Kathy were very special and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Harold and Barbara Depenbusch Jan 7 2022 8:02 PM
A candle was lit in memory of John Boccia
Barbara & Harold Depenbusch Our hearts are so sad hearing about your parents.s. I wanted you to know John was one of my favorite students in the 36 years I taught here in Columbus. We attended their wedding and kept in touch over the years. We wi Jan 7 2022 7:49 PM
So sorry to hear of John and Kathy passing. They were good friends and classmates. John was a good neighborhood friend when we were growing up. I remember alot of memories together a few of them are going to Boccias grocery store in West mineral on Friday nights. Granddad Boccia and John's dad would be in the back of the store in the meat counter. They would offer us some salami and cheese and crackers. Once they offered me some cheese and they were laughing so I knew something was up. I found out that it was head cheese, I just about threw up. I said you don't have to use everything to make cheese you can throw some of it away. I have too many good memories to write down here. God bless you all and take care of the kids and grandkids.
Brad Gleason Jan 7 2022 4:42 PM
Sad to hear. I remember him driving the car hood down the pit dump with the rest of us flying out the back. Rest in peace.
Mark fanoele Jan 7 2022 2:34 PM
Dearest family, my deepest condolences for your tragic loss. May wonderful memories of John and Kathy bring comfort and may your faith sustain you. I am holding you close in my thoughts.
Peggy Boccia Jan 7 2022 8:45 AM
A candle was lit in memory of John Boccia
Nicole McAdams Jan 6 2022 5:42 PM