John Karl Mielke

Date of Birth

January 21, 1974

Date of Death

October 8, 2014

City of Death

Morro Bay

John Karl Mielke Sr. of Morro Bay, California left this world unexpectedly on October 8th 2014 at the age of 39 while working on San Nicholas Island Naval Base.

John was born in Lompoc, California on November 21st,1974 to Edrie Anna Ohl and Steve Karl Mielke. At 4 yrs of age he moved to Goleta with his mom. He attended Brandon and Ellwood elementary schools as well as Goleta Valley Jr High. To John’s delight he became a big brother to Craig Murray in 1985. Before high school he moved to San Luis County to live with his Dad. He attended Atascadero and Morro Bay High Schools. He graduated from MBHS in 1993. He played the Tenor saxophone in the band and was active in Ag classes. It was there that he met his wife and best friend Jeannie Cunningham. They married in 1997 and became parents to sons John Jr in 1999 and Benjamin Cecil in 2002.

John had the most beautiful copper red hair and a fiery, magnetic personality to go along with it. As a boy he loved spending time at the “Ranch” in Lompoc with Grandpa Cecil and Grandma Jean. Quick wited with a commanding presence, he knew and was known fondly by almost everyone in his hometown of Morro Bay. He loved to visit and chat and enjoyed barbecuing. He was active with his sons in Scouting and very proud of and deeply loved his wife and sons.

John worked as a Water Operator for Los Osos CSD, City of Morro Bay Water Department, and most recently for the Department of Defense.

John is survived by his wife Jeannie and their sons John Jr and Ben; his mom, Edrie Ohl (Goleta); his dad, Steve Mielke and wife, Annette (Paso Robles); his brother, Craig Murray and fiancé, Michele Ogawa (Goleta); aunt, Jacque Ohl-Trlica (Goleta); and cousins, Andrew Trlica, Chad Ohl-Trlica and Chad’s daughter Elsa Leigh. There are also many other extended family members and friends throughout mostly California and Arizona. He was predeceased by his grandpa Cecil Ohl and wife Jean, and his uncle Lee Trlica.

A memorial service took place at the LDS church in Morro Bay on October 15th.

“John, I consider myself privileged and fortunate to have been chosen as your mom. I’m saddened to my core by your loss. You will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart. I see you in your boys and that helps. Happy birthday, son. I had no idea we wouldn’t be together to celebrate your 40th.” I love you, Mom.


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