John Gullickson CSCS (ret), age 89, of San Diego, CA died on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
John is survived by his son Bryan Gullickson and daughter-in-law Nikki of Groton, CT and daughter-in-law Robin Shinn of Groton, CT.; grandchildren Marc Gullickson (Waterford, CT), Jayme (and James) Mandile (Groton, CT) and Brett Gullickson (Groton, CT); 3 great-grandsons Nicholas and Nathan Mandile and Max Gullickson (all of Groton, CT) and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Donna Gullickson of San Diego, CA who passed away on December 17, 2021 and his son Barry J. Gullickson of Voluntown, CT; sisters Coral Peteron, Vearil Marcinek, Leona Geissler, June O’Connell, Delores Wells and Gloria Horne; brothers Stafford, Glenn and Jule Gullickson.
John was born on July 27, 1932 in Bloomer, Wisconsin to parents John and Edna Gullickson.
John joined the Navy in 1950 where he spent the next 27 years serving on various ships, tankers and carriers, including 4 years during the Vietnam War and 3 years as a Navy recruiter before retiring off the USS Fulton, in New London, CT in June, 1977.
John married Donna on September 11, 1956. During 27 years as a military family, they were stationed across the country from Hawaii to Connecticut, making many many lifelong friends along the way. After his 1977 military retirement, John worked part time at Connecticut College food services alongside Donna until they moved to San Diego, CA (their favorite military billet) in June, 1984. There the couple spent the next 37 and ½ years enjoying all that the California weather has to offer, becoming active members of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and VWF Encanto Post 1512, as well as providing in - home care and compassion for friends in need. Aside from deployment separations, the couple were each other’s constant companion for 65 years cherishing time with family and friends while enjoying baseball, travel and dancing.
In honor and celebration of a lifetime together, a service will be held for John and Donna on February 18, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in San Diego.