John David Paolinelli – 1943-2021

Goodbye, Dad. We thought we’d lost you back in 2018, but we got three extra years of you with us on this Earth. It still wasn’t enough time.   


John David Paolinelli, 78, of Copperas Cove, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. (CDT) via Zoom on Saturday, September 18, 2021. His ashes will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Steele, ND next to his father at a later time. A link for Zoom memorial service: (IS PENDING) 

John was born in Galveston, Texas.  He was a multiple sports standout at Sabine Pass (Texas) High School and Marietta High School in Oklahoma before graduating from Porterville High in California. He married Fran Hall on May 21, 1963 in Elko, Nevada. A one-time semi-professional bowler in Nevada, he was a well driller across the western United States for nearly five decades before retiring and moving to Copperas Cove in 2013.    

John is preceded in death by his father, Joseph David Paolinelli, his mother, Lenora, his sister, Joy Skiles, his brother-in-law, Irvin Hall and his nephew, David Goyne.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances Marie Paolinelli; his son, Richard David Paolinelli, and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ann; daughter Lori Chantel Kilmer, and son-in-law, Bill; and his son Joseph Dean Paolinelli, and daughter-in-law, Giovanna; His sister, Stacey Parks, and her husband, Danny; His grandchildren, Ileah Nicole Matsuo, John David Arguelles, Brendan Kilmer, and Giovana Marie Paolinelli; his great-grandchildren, Gibson Buffa and Hiro Matsuo; his nieces, Jaime Skiles Robinson, Lisa Goyne, Kristen Stephenson, and Sheila Thompson; and his nephews, Rickey Hall and Ryan Parks. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given in his name to your charity or other organization of choice. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of our friends who have reached and supported us during this time as well as the healthcare and hospice workers who provided John with his medical needs for the past three years as he struggled with several illnesses.

2 thoughts on “John David Paolinelli – 1943-2021”

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. Dads are irreplaceable. I miss mine and he’s been gone 14 years. Praying for peace and comfort and lots of happy memories for you and your family.

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