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Jon F. Nitkowski

Company A-1

18 Nov 1938 - 28 Jul 2012

Place of Death: Loudon, TN

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must forward Mary Nitkowski's message concerning the death of our Classmate, Jon, on 28 July at their home in Loudon, TN, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes.

Jon's funeral service will be at Tellico Village Community Church, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN  37774.  Please call the church at (865) 458-1516 to determine the time for the service.

The funeral, at the West Point cemetery, is November 19th at 1:30PM.  This will be a full honors funeral and the service will be held at the Old Cadet Chapel (the chapel in the West Point Cemetery).

Condolences may be sent to Mary at 310 Kiyuga Way, Loudon, TN  37774-2706.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jon's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD  21201.  If giving to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, please designate that the donation is in Jon's memory and for research into finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Well done, Jon.  Be thou at peace.

Funeral Arrangements:

Hello Family and Friends,

This morning I received final confirmation from West Point on funeral plans but before I give the date I would like to take a minute to thank my wonderful neighbors for the great meal that they served our family and friends after Jon's funeral service - August 1st.  What a wonderful neighborhood we chose when we found this home!  Your support the whole past 13 months has been more than I can put to words - thank you from the bottom of my you all.   And, Mick and Coralinn Maus, one of Jon's Company A fellows, stopped by last was so nice to see them. 

Getting a date for the funeral has been quite a challenge.  I have tried to coordinate the Academy's scheduling, family schedules for work and school, and availability of a home rental that sleeps12 that is close to West Point.  To accomplish this the date had to go all the way to the Superintendent with a Special Request and this morning the approval came down.  The funeral, at the West Point cemetery, is November 19th at 1:30PM.  This will be a full honors funeral and the service will be held at the Old Cadet Chapel (the chapel in the West Point Cemetery). (Jon would have been 74 on November 18th)

Many have inquired about possibly attending the funeral; the family would be honored  should you so decide.  If you are traveling a distance I have a list of motels in the area and the nearest airport to fly into is Stewart International.  Also, if you do plan on attending please let me know so there will be some kind of count to give the coordinator at the Academy.   I will be inquiring about a tour of the Academy for our family - Jon would have loved to take his grandchildren for this tour but I know he will be smiling with pride from above.  If I am able to accomplish making the tour happen and you would like to join us please let me know so I can include you in a count.  There's a home football game on Saturday the 17th @ noon if anyone is interested - West Point vs Temple.

I dearly miss the long chats and laughs with my best friend but know that he is resting in peace and without pain.

Thank you all for your support it has meant so much. 



Class Memorial Pages\A-1 Jon Nitkowski.pdf


Jon lost his battle Saturday afternoon, the 28th.  He had been resting comfortable at home with the great help from UT Hospice care and help from the VA hospice for the past 13 days.  A combination of cancer, heart, and diabetes; with sadness in his heart for his daughter who passed on last month, just became an insurmountably battle in the end.  Both Jon and I were so fortunate to have his son Steve at our side.

Funeral services will be held this Wednesday at our church, Community Church in the Village.  At a date, yet to be determined, a service is being planned at West Point; where Jon will be laid to rest.  In addition to the 4 years that Jon was a cadet there are fond family memories to the Point from the years that Jon taught leadership at the Academy.  In many ways Jon is/was the leader of men/women that the Academy expires to instill in their cadets...his leadership went beyond the field of battle and has been felt by many on the field of life.  I would like to thank the many that have taken the time to convey to Jon this past year how he had impacted their values and how he had guided them for the better on how they approached life.  Those messages always seem to come at a time his spirits were low and seemed to bring him strength to fight another day.  Those interested in attending the service at West Point please let me know and I will furnish you the date and time as they become known.

This has been quite a year for both Jon and I, as many have gathered from my updates.  We battled this disease as we lived our life - as a team. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center – pancreatic cancer.  Please dear Lord help in finding a cure for early detection of pancreatic cancer and then a cure.  Rest in peace my Love.



NITKOWSKI, JON FRANK - age 73 of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN lost his tenacious battle with cancer at home on July 28, 2012. Jon was a 1956 graduate of Oshkosh High School in Oshkosh, WI, a 1961 graduate from West Point Military Academy, and held a masters degree from the University of Utah. He served 3 tours in Vietnam and one during the Gulf War. Jon was the youngest Commander to command a Nike Missile Base during the Cold War, C-47 in Wheeler, IN, from 1965 to 1967. Between his tours in Vietnam Jon taught leadership at West Point. Jon retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel. Following his military service Jon work as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Jon married Mary (Fraik) in 2001 and lived in Upper MI until they moved to the state they would call home, Tennessee. Jon was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy Keefer in June of 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT; his father Walter; mother Elizabeth; and brother James. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Steven Nitkowski of Columbia, MO; step-sons Mark Matiszik of St. Louis, MO and C. J. Matiszik of Hermosa Beach, CA; grandchildren Tavin, Sophie, Libby and Luke Matiszik and sisters Mary Ann Nevitt and Kate Rogge of WI. A Celebration of Jon's life will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Church at Tellico Village. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. At a later date, to be determined, Jon will be laid to rest at the West Point Military Academy's cemetery. Jon lived his life by the cadet honor code that he taught at the Academy - A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center - pancreatic cancer. The Nitkowski family would like to thank everyone at the UT Hospice care for their wonderful care and support these past weeks. Click Funeral Home & Cremations - Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Jon Nitkowski.