OBITUARY

John Rangel Jr.

May 28, 1937February 18, 2021
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Hephzibah, GA—SFC John Rangel Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 18th at the age of 83. SFC Rangel was a loving spouse, father, grandfather and friend to many. SFC Rangel loved serving his country. He enlisted with the United States Army in 1956 where he honorably served for 20 years. During his time in the Army, SFC Rangel served with honor in the Vietnam Era doing two tours with the 1st Calvary Division in 1967 and with the 11th Calvary Division in 1967. He is recipient of the CIB Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal (6), Presidential Unit Station, 2 Bronze Star V-Device Medals, and Expert Marksman Medal. After retirement from the Army, SFC Rangel dedicated his time to serving his community. He founded the 1st Calvary Chapter in Augusta assisting fellow veterans acquire their VA benefits. He also generously volunteered his time as Coach for the military youth. SFC Rangel touched many lives and his absence will be deeply felt, more especially by his family. SFC Rangel is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Billy Joe Rangel. Left to cherish his memory is his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Shirley; their three sons, Steve Rangel, David Rangel (Renee), and Danny Rangel (Christie); grandchildren, Ashley Silas, Bailie Rangel, Jordan Rangel, Evan Dalton, Garrett Rangel, Gavin Rangel, Terry McCoy, Janelle Rangel, Kaitlyn Smith, Ashley and Page; Great-Grandchildren, Mason and Karter Silas, Shayleigh Berner, and Tristan Warren. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm on Tuesday, February 23rd at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road Augusta, GA 30906. The Funeral Service will be held at 12pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at our Lumpkin Road Chapel. Friends are welcome to join the family at Hillcrest Memorial Park 2700 Deans Bridge Road Augusta, GA 30906 following the service.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Nicole Toole

February 24, 2021

Sending my love to all the family during this difficult time. What a wonderful man, I am thankful I had the pleasure of knowing.

Carol Gell Federici

February 24, 2021

From the time I was a little girl, my family spent time with Johnny, and his family. He was there with me when I bravely rode my moms bicycle down the hill in front of our little trailer for the first time. He served alongside my father in Vietnam, and they had made a pact. If neither one made it back, they would look after the others family. Johnny did his best to fulfill that promise. We have been lifelong friends, and he will be greatly missed. Johnny was an amazing man. And I will never forget him. God speed, and I know my father and Billy You’re welcome you into the heavenly kingdom. Rest in love and peace dear friend. Until we meet again.

James Casey

February 23, 2021

John Rangel, a man of dignity, courage, valor, love and friendship. Anytime you saw John you were always greeted with a big smile and a hug
with the saying what’s up guy or girl? Following with a kind word and a polite conversation to make sure that you were comfortable because he was just that kind of guy. We collected baseball cards, football cards and Beenie baby bears together as a hobby. John was my army buddy, dinner companion, confident and friend and l’m going to miss him. Rest my Brother!
Casey

Joe Marm

February 23, 2021

John Rangel, second row left, at Joe Marm’s Medal of Honor Ceremony on December 19, 1966.

Michael Finnegan

February 22, 2021

Shirley and family,
You have my deepest sympathy. John took me under his wing when we served together in Korea in 1980. He was my NCOIC and my friend. He taught me many things about the Army and about life. We ate nearly every meal together and laughed every day about life on Camp Ames. He loved his family and his country and was a good solider and a better human being. He spoke constantly about his love for his family and showed me a few of the cards he was sending home.
I lost track of him over the years, but for some reason googled his name today and saw that you had lost him last week. I am sorry I had not attempted to contact sooner.

Mike Finnegan

Clifford Jordan

February 21, 2021

If there was one word to describe SFC John Rangel that word would be tough. My heart is absolutely broken and I'm gonna miss our long lunches and great conversations.

I love you SFC John Rangel and thanks for the memories.

paul clayton

February 20, 2021

It is with a heavy heart I write this message. To a man, To a coworker, To a dinner Mate, To a friend!
I love you And you will be surely missed, Till we meet again
1st cav out.

Melinda Franklin

February 19, 2021

Rangel, poppy as I called him was one of the Staples of owls table dinner group. I look forward to every dinner because I knew the best smelling man in town was going to be there all lavished up in his cologne. The Republican of the table and he definitely held his own with our political conversations. I already miss him so greatly, his smile his laugh his sense of humor his knowledge. It gives me joy in knowing he's with our other two members sitting around laughing and debating some special topic. I Miss you guys . Three Kings

Angela Phillips

February 19, 2021

My heart is so heavy. I loved Uncle John so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all . Fly high. Until we meet again r.i.p.

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Biography

Hephzibah, GA—SFC John Rangel Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 18th at the age of 83. SFC Rangel was a loving spouse, father, grandfather and friend to many. SFC Rangel loved serving his country. He enlisted with the United States Army in 1956 where he honorably served for 20 years. During his time in the Army, SFC Rangel served with honor in the Vietnam Era doing two tours with the 1st Calvary Division in 1967 and with the 11th Calvary Division in 1967. He is recipient of the CIB Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal (6), Presidential Unit Station, 2 Bronze Star V-Device Medals, and Expert Marksman Medal. After retirement from the Army, SFC Rangel dedicated his time to serving his community. He founded the 1st Calvary Chapter in Augusta assisting fellow veterans acquire their VA benefits. He also generously volunteered his time as Coach for the military youth. SFC Rangel touched many lives and his absence will be deeply felt, more especially by his family.
SFC Rangel is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Billy Joe Rangel.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Shirley; their three sons, Steve Rangel, David Rangel (Renee), and Danny Rangel (Christie); grandchildren, Ashley Silas, Bailie Rangel, Jordan Rangel, Evan Dalton, Garrett Rangel, Gavin Rangel, Terry McCoy, Janelle Rangel, Kaitlyn Smith, Ashley and Page; Great-Grandchildren, Mason and Karter Silas, Shayleigh Berner, and Tristan Warren.
The family will receive friends from 5-7pm on Tuesday, February 23rd at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road Augusta, GA 30906. The Funeral Service will be held at 12pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at our Lumpkin Road Chapel. Friends are welcome to join the family at Hillcrest Memorial Park 2700 Deans Bridge Road Augusta, GA 30906 following the service.