OBITUARY

John William McLeland

November 9, 1956February 7, 2019
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John William McLeland, age 62 of Arlington, passed away on February 7, 2019 with his family at his side. He was born on November 9, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Raymond William McLeland and Yoshiko Suzuki McLeland. John married Juanita Pesina and they celebrated 24 years together.

John graduated from Arlington High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a food inspection specialist. When he returned, John graduated from University of Texas, Arlington, receiving his B.S. in Geology. John had a fascination for fossils, reptiles, and fish ever since a child. John was a member of Mid-America Paleontological Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and a charter member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with his family, fossil hunting at Lake Arlington and Lake Nacogdoches, and spending time with his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Juanita; children Bryan McLeland, Eric McLeland, and Thomas McLeland and his wife Tabitha; step-children Tony Pesina and wife Maggie, and Andy Pesina and wife Amy; his mother Yoshiko McLeland; grandchildren Aeris McLeland, Austin Hingst, Audrey Hingst, Tony Pesina Jr, Maykala Pesina, Trenton Pesina, Valeria Deluna, and Matthew Deluna.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Sunday, February 17 at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 9:30am on Monday, February 18, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, February 18, 2019
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John William McLeland

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Donald Huffman

February 18, 2019

It was an honor to "ride" with Spc. John McLeland today to DFW National Cemetery, and express appreciation for his Army Service to our great country. Prayers go out to his family and many friends for their untimely loss, and heaven's gain.
d Huffman, army vet, PGR member, lay chaplain

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