John McInnis, age 67, of Pierre, S.D., died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
John Marshall McInnis was born February 25, 1945, in Medford, Minn., the youngest of nine children born to Alpine and Orma (Hanson) McInnis. At a young age, his family moved to Pierre, where he grew up and received his education. John graduated from Pierre High School in 1965, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy.
John proudly served 25 years in the Navy before retiring in 1990. After his honorable discharge, John returned to Pierre where he has since resided.
While in Pierre, John worked at Sooper Dooper and Dakota Mart, as well as EconoFoods. He was a member of the VFW, 40 and 8, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans, where he served as commander.
Survivors include two brothers, Robert McInnis and his wife, Beth, of Mesa, Ariz., and Patrick McInnis of Pierre; two sisters, Marie Lamm of Philip and Darlene Treib and her husband, Sam, of Orofino, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Orma McInnis; his father, Alpine McInnis; two sisters, LaVonne McInnis as a child and Lillian Reimer; and two brothers, Albert and Dale McInnis.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, January 26, at the Maryhouse in Pierre, with Father Mark McCormick as celebrant.
Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Joe and Kathy Gittings, vocalists. Lector was Lloyd Frein. Pallbearers were Jay and John Gittings, Gary Stahlecker, John Burrows, Greg Hall and Gary D. Jensen.
Interment with military honors followed at the Riverside Cemetery of Pierre.
A memorial has been established to the Countryside Hospice of Pierre.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com