John A. Koerschner

John A. Koerschner, 91, “Flew West” on April 16, 2023. John loyally served his country for twenty years in the U.S. Air Force. He volunteered during the Korean War and flew the F-86 Sabre Jet, a highly regarded super-sonic fighter plane of that era. As Aircraft Commander in Viet Nam/South East Asia, he flew more than 1300 combat hours in the C-130 Hercules. During his illustrious service, he was awarded numerous citations including The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Force Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters. While in the Air Force, he completed his education graduating with a double major in Business Administration and Economics.

After military service, John moved his family to Houston where he flew for Metro/American Eagle Airlines. The only two jobs John had in his adult life were flying airplanes; he would frequently mention that he had had the best of two lives. After retiring, he became a full-time golfer, often playing five or six rounds a week. He made many friends in the golfing community at Bay Oaks Country Club and The Bay Oaks Old Boys Society AKA “BOOBS“. John also enjoyed bicycling; when he was 75, he, with two of his sons-in-law, completed the rigorous MS 150. At age 80, he fulfilled his bucket list by learning to SCUBA dive.

John was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus and a Past Grand Knight of The Bay Area St. Bernadette Council 10959 as well as Fourth Degree member of Fr. Titus Brandsma Bay Area Assembly 2772.  A committed Catholic, he was one of the founding members of St. Bernadette Catholic Church where he served two terms on the Pastoral Council and was a willing volunteer for many other church related ministries. John regularly attended daily mass, prayed his rosary every day, and was accountable for the weekly Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament each Wednesday during the 4:00 pm hour and repose at 6:00 pm.

John was born November 15, 1931, in Cudahy, Wisconsin, the fifth of eight children to Edward and Hilda Koerschner. He married Carol Lewis of Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1960. They had four children; Carol succumbed to cancer in 1986. In 1988, John married Mary Jeannette Vetter.

John is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Carol, and his oldest daughter Barbara (Bill) Hagey, his brother Ed, and his sisters Ann Grede, Rosemary Higgins, and Loretta Plevak.

He is survived by his second wife Jeannette; his children John F. Koerschner, Ann (Phil) Prasek, and Molly (Tim) Church; his stepchildren Jim (Sherry) Vetter and Barbara Vetter; and his grandchildren Carolee and Ella Hagey, Nathan and Joseph Prasek, and Daniel, Sean, and Megan Church. Coming from a large family, John is also survived by relatives all over our great and wonderful land.

John was a steadfast, devoted, honorable, and loving husband and father and a good and faithful servant who put his faith and family above all. (God, Family, Country) He will not be forgotten.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 22 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and interment following.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Knights of Columbus St Bernadette Bay Area Council 10959 or Fr. Titus Brandsma Bay Area Assembly 2772 and sent to K of C Council 10959, PO Box 590673, Houston, Texas 77289.


  1. A TRUE gentleman, organizer, father, husband and committed Christian, he will be sorely missed by all! Fair winds and a following sea!!!
    Cherre & Harry

    Cherre & Harry
  2. Dear Aunt Jeannette and Cousins,
    I want to express my sincerest sympathies over the death of your husband and father.
    Uncle John lived an amazing life of love and service to his family, his Church, and his country.
    My mother (his recently deceased sister Loretta) communicated regularly with John and Jeannette. She loved them dearly.
    Uncle John started the tradition of Koerschner Family Reunions that have spanned the decades. We will greatly miss seeing Uncle John at our reunion in June.
    My Prayers,
    Dave Plevak

    David J Plevak
  3. Jeanette, Ann
    What a pleasurable honor to have,knowing John and his wonderful love for his family. My thoughts are with you all, he will be missed.

    Dana Barnhardt
  4. John was a wonderful family friend for many years. He will be truly missed by so many that he met through his life journey. Blessings to John and his loving family.

    Steven Poling
  5. John was a friend of our family for many years, and my parents, Helene and Jerry Poling, attended many parties and events with John and Jeannette over the years. Rest in peace, John, and may your family find some comfort in the condolences left here by family and friends and the memories they have of you.

    Sharon (Poling) Thaggard
  6. Flew with John at Metro Airlines. Great guy. RIP.

    Don Bickham
  7. John was one of the greats❤️. I flew with him as a Flight Attendant @ American Eagle/Metroflight many,many months. I remember the day he retired, I sent him off with a big bottle of “Bailey’s Liquor”,LOL 😊. I have nothing but the best memories of flying w/him. He was truly a wonderful man & pilot!! I am blessed to have called him a friend 🥰. My thoughts & prayers are with his family… Fly on John, fly on…❤️❤️❤️

    Sara Reed

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