John Michael Rytkonen

March 13, 1952 ~ July 25, 2020

John Michael Rytkonen, 68, of Sulphur passed away Saturday July 25, 2020 in a local hospital.

Born in Cook, Minnesota, he has resided in Sulphur for 31 years. John served his country as a United States Air Force Veteran, retiring after 22 years with the rank of Master Sergeant.  He enjoyed mowing his yard, taking great pride in its immaculate condition. John was a faithful donor to Life Share Blood Center and being an organ donor was his last gift of life.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sara Rytkonen; an estranged daughter; brother, Terry Rytkonen of Florida; sister, Marie Halver of Arizona; sister -in-law, Mary Rytkonen; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions, Lady and Annie.

His is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roy Rytkonen, Jr. And Dale Rytkonen; and a sister, Shirley Rytkonen.

 A service celebrating John’s life will be 6 PM, Saturday, August 1, 2020  in Johnson & Robison Funeral Home of Sulphur.  Visitation will be Saturday, 4 PM until time of service at 6 PM.    Pastor Marcus Wade will officiate.  On Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10 AM, his graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery of Jennings.

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  1. John will be missed he always liked it when I would bring tangerines to the meetings. He converted a cassette tape to a CD for me when my best friend passed away, which was so kind of him. Rest in peace John, prayers for Sara

  2. JDB, John the Dock Boy – He and I worked together at Ostlund’s Resort so many years ago in high school.  I was learning how to make Ice Cream Parlor treats, and he always told me not to worry about my flops, especially hot fudge sundaes and banana splits, as he would take good care of them!  Fond memories of a great friend, and resuming our friendship on FB this many years later was so nice!  I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.  Condolences, prayers and hugs to you, Sarah, and the rest of your family.  May the Lord wrap all of your family and friends in His loving arms of comfort, care and peace, and may JDB Rest In Peace and blessings.

  3. Rest In Peace John. Will miss the posts with neat information you were always coming up with. Very sorry you went before your time. Praying for your family and loved ones.
    P.D. Anglea

  4. My prayers are for you and your family. Rest In Peace my fellow Boom Brother. 

    Live and Prayers from Oklahoma 

    Jim Bautista 
    MSgt – (Ret) Boom Operator 86-07

  5. John – I will miss you. We lost you too soon but I will always remember your generous spirit and our friendship. Praying you are resting in the loving arms of a heavenly father 💝

  6. I remember you from Minot when you asked me about how to become a Boom Operator. I really enjoyed flying aerobatics with you. You could make that 150 aerobat sit up and beg. 
    Rest In Peace my friend 

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