John Lacy, of Defiance, Honored with a Patriotic Drive-By

Submited by Paula Winkle

John Lacy, an 87-year-old Korean military veteran, was honored with a patriotic drive-by on June 19, as his family gathered to celebrate Father’s Day. While outside his daughter’s home in O’Fallon, MO, he was surprised to see several motorcycles and the Cottleville Fire Department drive by to honor his service. A flag was presented to him by his late wife’s cousin, WA Klein. All 5 of his children attended along with 4 of his grandchildren and 7 of his great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lacy is a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Korea from July 1954 to May 1956. His rank was Specialist 3rd Class and he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

John is also a cancer survivor. In October 2015, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. He had surgery, but in April 2016 his cancer returned and a second surgery was performed. He went through radiation, but his cancer came back. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the doctors and employees of Siteman Cancer Center, he has been cancer-free for over 2 years.

John is the father of 5 children: Perry Watson (Gloria), Kay Foster (Paul), Paula Winkle (Kerry), Barbara Williams (Kevin), and Mark Lacy (Lori). He has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John creates a huge garden every year. The garden can be seen from the highway that goes through Defiance and he is very proud of it (as it should be). He knows almost everyone in Defiance and is a member of the Defiance Merchants Association. He is also a member of the VFW and several other organizations.

A big thank you to John, and his family, for his many years of sacrifice and service to our country.


Patriotic motorcade including Cottleville Fire Dept.

WA Klein (right) presents flag to John Lacy (left)

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