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Jack D. Pirkle

Jack D. Pirkle, Major, USAR, Retired, died Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the age of 93. Born: Gainesville, Georgia.

Jack was inducted by draft into the Army on May 11, 1943. He served in the European Theater from January 1944 until November 1945 at which time he was among the first to reenlist in the regular Army. After a 90-day furlough at home, he was transferred to General HQ, Pacific, in Tokyo. It was there he met Norma Jane Bless, there as a civilian employee in late October 1946. After a period of about 6 weeks they were married December 3, 1946 at the American Embassy in Yokonama involving Civil Ceremonies by the U.S. and Japanese. That Evening another ceremony was held in the Chapel in Tokyo with Chaplain Wade Kennon Tomme officiating. That marriage lasted 62 years, 7 months, and 4 days. Jack had several assignments over the years as an enlisted man until September 1957 when he was commissioned a 2d Lt., QMC. He retired effective June 1, 1965 as a Major, after a total of 22 years and 20 days of service.

He is survived by 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 4 sisters. At his request, his remains were cremated and buried privately with his wife. Per his request, there will be no services.

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Bob & Kay Heyen send prayers and sympathy to the Pirkle family; Jack was a good friend; always took time to visit; had high respect for Jack; may he rest in peace.

Bob & Kay Heyen Aug 6 2018 12:00 AM

Charlie and I would like to extend our condolences. Jack was a good neighbor and we both enjoyed listening to his stories. He loved his family and was very proud of all of you. We will always fondly remember both of your parents. Gods peace and comfort be with you. Charlie and Janet

Charles and Janet Rothe Aug 3 2018 12:00 AM