John Terrell Falkenbury II

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John Terrell Falkenbury II, 73, of Clifton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Goodall-Witcher Hospital. He was born on Feb. 25, 1940, in Cleburne, to Robert Frederick and Ada Margaret (Wilkinson) Falkenbury. He displayed an early aptitude and love for the sciences, volunteering and later working for the Fort Worth Children’s Museum from the age of 11 until after graduating from Arlington Heights High School. In 1957, while attending high school, he received a gold and silver medal award from the National Science Fair. After the outbreak of the Vietnam War, he proudly served in the United States Navy from November 1961 through August 1965. He sailed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He later served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard from June 1974 through June 1978. Falkenbury received his Bachelor of Arts degree in March 1969 and a Master of Science degree in biology in December 1970, from Central Washington State University. After several careers, including his time at the City of Fort Worth Public Health Department as water quality coordinator and health inspector from 1986 - 1990, he began working for Texas State Technical College in Waco. He joined the staff in February 1995 as a senior instructor in Biology. He was a dedicated educator and always willing to “go the extra mile” for his students. He retired from teaching in December 2010. He was a kind and gentle man. He was beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Roland Wilkinson Falkenbury and Robert Frederick Falkenbury. He is survived by his niece, Catherine Bedford of Houston, her daughter, Amanda Fox and husband, Brandon of Spring, and son, Ryan Brandon of Spring; niece, Susan Brown of New York City, daughter, Iris Taylor Brown; a nephew, John T. Falkenbury of Richmond; and long time friend, Patty Caruthers of Clifton. Memorials in John’s memory may be sent to any area animal shelter or the Salvation Army.
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