John (Concepcion) V. Armenta

August 15, 1924 ~ November 24, 2021 (age 97)


Mr. John (Concepcion) V. Armenta of Killeen, Texas passed away in the early hours of November 24, 2021 with his daughter, Julia Marquez at his side. He was born on August 15, 1924 on the family’s cattle ranch in Pima County, Arizona. He spent time as a child in Sonora, Mexico and later as a young man in San Francisco, California.

John was a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend. An accomplished and decorated airman, he enjoyed the adventures of traveling around the world with his beloved late wife, Maia Armenta and their children. 

His distinguished military career spanned over thirty years, beginning in 1943 as Staff Sergeant for the United States Army Air Forces. He served valiantly in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was honored for his dedication to our country many times, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross award, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Force Commendation medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He also received many awards, including the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Williams Award for outstanding performance in the air weather service military support program, and a military airlift command achievement award. He retired in 1977 as Senior Master Sergeant for the United States Air Force.

After his career, John channeled his experiences into supporting American veterans. He was an active member of American Legion Post 223, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 9192, and Military Officer Association of America (Centex Chapter 88). In his sixties, John returned to school, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Texas College, and began teaching literacy to enlisted U.S. servicemen and veterans.

John was preceded in death by his parents Julio and Bernardina Armenta and siblings Merced Armenta, Estella Perez, and Modesto Armenta. John is the cherished father of Julia Marquez, Susan McMillen, Larry Razura (deceased), Cecilia Contreras, and Theresa Dye. He is survived by 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Wednesday, December 1 at Heritage Funeral Home, 425 E Central Texas Expy in Harker Heights. Visitation will be held 10am-12pm.

In lieu of sending flowers, please make donations in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project at or by calling 1-855-448-3997.

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December 1, 2021

1:00 PM
Killeen Memorial Park Cemetery

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