Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
4435 Frontier Trail
AUSTIN TX 78745
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John Robert Lancaster, age 70, left his earthly bonds on April 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. John was born on May 5, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas to Julian and Elfriede Kurzenacker Lancaster at Brook Army Medical Center. Julian was an Army veteran of... Read More
John Robert Lancaster, age 70, left his earthly bonds on April 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. John was born on May 5, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas to Julian and Elfriede Kurzenacker Lancaster at Brook Army Medical Center. Julian was an Army veteran of World War II and Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
With his father's military career moving the family to different posts, John found himself in El Paso for his high school years and would have graduated Andress High School, but he enlisted in 1970 in the US Army to serve in Vietnam. During his two-year stint in the Army, he earned the US Air Medal in 1971 and the Bronze Star in 1971.
Following an Honorable Discharge in 1972, with 30% disability from his service, John worked a variety of jobs from general construction, private security to retail sales and any other number of odd jobs. He was a "Jack of All Trades and Master of None". In that time, he received a diagnosis of depression, later confirmed as PTSD from his service in Vietnam. He also received 100% medical disability following a diagnosis of bladder cancer, possibly a result of exposure to Agent Orange.
John was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Evelyn Jensen Lancaster, his parents and his younger brother Daniel Lancaster. He is survived by is brother, Luther Lancaster (Rosa); sister Marline Mote and brother Billy Lancaster (Irene), along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
John will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on May 8, 2023 with committal service at 1:15 pm.
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