John Sinnard

December 11, 1926May 3, 2011

John L. Sinnard (USAF CMSGT, Ret) passed away on Tuesday, May 3 2011 at the age of 84. He was born in New Hampton, Iowa on December 11, 1926. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio he was an alter server at Holy Family Parish and graduated from Elder High School in 1945.

His distinguished 30 year military career began in 1945, with the US Army, transitioning through the Army Air Corps and culminating with the US Air Force. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf cluster; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with six Oak Leaf clusters.

From 1960-1963 he served in Misawa Japan with the Air Force Security Service. It was during this time, while planning a Christmas party for the local Japanese Deaf and Blind School that he realized the best “gift” that these children could ever receive would be corrective eye surgery. He was able to secure the pro-bono services of Dr. Imaizumi, a very prominent and pioneering eye surgeon; however the attendant non-surgical costs were staggering. Undaunted, he began Operation Eyesight, the American effort to afford cornea transplants for children in need. Fund raising began with volunteers literally standing with a can in their hand at the end of the pay line, begging for 10 cent donations from each Airman on payday. That would progress too many successful and creative fund raising events among the Americans based at Misawa Air Base. Operation Eyesight has been in continuous operation since its founding and remains today a thriving and beloved philanthropic organization in Misawa Japan.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjean Estes Sinnard of Webster Texas; and by his five children: Ellen Gore of Friendswood Texas; Daniel Sinnard of Sierra Vista Arizona; Judith Sinnard of Spring Texas; Diane Doucette of Derry New Hampshire; Mark Sinnard, CSM US Army currently deployed in Iraq; as well as nine grand children and five great grand children.

He will be interred at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his name to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.


  • Visitation Monday, May 9, 2011
  • Rosary Service Monday, May 9, 2011
  • Mass Of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Susan Gilroy Coan

May 11, 2011

Goodbye for now Uncle John; I know you are now with Grandmother and Grandfather. Some day we will all be reunited and together. I love you and I miss you.

Jackie Gilroy

May 9, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.

Dianna Flett

May 9, 2011

To the Sinnard Family: I have had the pleasure of serving with your son Mark and can tell just by reading his father's obituary that Mark is his father's son. CSM (R) Sinnard's work with the children; well, what a tremendous contribution to tomorrow's world your husband, father, uncle and grandfather has given to us all. That in a day when so many are too "short-sighted" to care. I wish you all peaceful moments of reflection on a life well lived, and a legacy which I assure you, knowing Mark, is continuing far beyond the too short lifetime of CSM (R) Sinnard. As you move forward and share the stories of his lifetime, I will tell you that four little boys in Virginia will also hear his story and KNOW in his lifetime what a difference he made for the generations!
With Respect;
Dianna L. Flett
LTC (R), U.S. Army


May 9, 2011

Mr. Sinnard was always sweet and kept me on my toes while in the office- he always reminded me he wasn't "done" like a turkey, he was "through" at the end of a visit :). I never realized what all he had accomplished in his life, sounds like he was just as determined in his younger years as he was when we crossed paths. Mrs. Sinnard and Ellen- My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to both of you and yall's families.
-Lisa Alaniz
Dr. Le/Dolle
Internal Medicine

Michael Gilroy

May 9, 2011

God will keep you in peace Uncle John.

Ben and Pam Smith

May 9, 2011

Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country. Keeping you in our prayers.

John Eby

May 8, 2011

God Bless you Uncle John! Thanks for all the great memories. Thanks for your service to our country. You and your family are in our prayers. You will be missed.

Janice England

May 7, 2011

With sincere sympathy. You are in my thoughts & prayers.