John E. Setnicky Sr.
Lt Col John E. Setnicky, Sr., Ret. A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of Lt Col John E. Setnicky, Sr., Ret., will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church with Reverend Dan O'Connor officiating, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. A reception for family and friends will follow at noon in the Madonna Room. Inurnment will be at the USMA Columbarium on a later date. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Lt Col John E. Setnicky, Sr., Ret., 82, of Alexandria, passed from this life on Monday, January 2, 2017, at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Lt Col John E. Setnicky, Sr., a native of New York City, began his military career in 1950 by enlisting in the New York National Guard. He obtained a competitive appointment to the United States Military Academy, entering in 1953 as one of the twenty-two National guardsmen selected nation-wide. He graduated from West Point in 1957 and began active duty with the U.S. Air Force. His duty assignments have included key positions in maintenance and logistics organizations, including Squadron Commander and Base Chief of Maintenance. His final assignment with the military was as Commander, 23rd Avionics Maintenance Squadron. Lt Col Setnicky's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. Following his retirement from the U.S.A.F., he earned his Masters of Business Administration at LSU. He taught business as a college professor at numerous colleges and universities throughout Louisiana. He attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and was a beloved father and grandfather who was a wonderful provider for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Mary Zahradik Setnicky; 5 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his son, John E. Setnicky, Jr; daughter, Debra Tabor and husband, William H. Tabor, III; grandchildren, William H. Tabor, IV, Amanda Tabor and Michael Tabor; sister, Mary Horrocks; nephew, Charles "Chipper" Setnicky and a host of other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 401 21st Street, Alexandria, LA 71301. To extend online condolences to the Setnicky family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com .
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