||Captain John M. "Mighty Mouse" Barelka
8 November 1993
Capt. John Barelka
Harry e. Barelka,
Dec 29, 2006 - 04:41 AM
John was my son, he remains my hero Thank you for the Memoriam, it really helps. I thank you for your support and keeping my son on the active roster.
Sincerely, Harry E. Barelka
Oct 04, 2009 - 08:08 PM
I sit behind your parents in church every Sunday morning. You were so blessed to have these loving, kind, funny parents! They had a special, awesome cross made in memory of you, that is on the alter forever, and it is a real tribute to you. We will all meet together at God's big banquet table someday. I look forward to meeting you, John.
Oct 09, 2009 - 03:30 AM
Thank you Jane Shearde and webmaster you are like fresh air. In time we'll drink wine and break bread at God's table.
19 Years Ago
Nov 06, 2012 - 02:09 AM
Joann and Harry, In November of 1993 our family was living in the church parsonage on the property of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ in Avon Lake, Ohio. On the day of the funeral service there was a fly-by. It was low, fast and contained multiple passes. It is burned into my memory and I will always think of the Barelka family when I hear the roar of a jet fighter. Some day you will see your sons again and it will be a wonderful re-union. It is always pleasant to be around you two. Sincerely, Wayne Eastman
Jul 25, 2015 - 05:29 PM
I remember working with him as a pilot and maintenance. I have know few pilots who were truly liked by the maintainers but he was one of the select. Great to have known him
Mark "Duff" Duffield,
Aug 15, 2018 - 12:49 PM
We were in the same Weapons School class and were both from the same base...Spandahlem. I was in the A-10 class and of course he was in the F-16 class. We became friends. We shared more than a few beers at the club at Spang, celebrating our selection for WIC and more than a few at the club at Nellisl comparing notes on the Viper course versus the Hawg course. I will never forget the day he died. I had just returned to from a week-long deployment to FL to shoot AIM-9s at drones. It was my first day back at Nellis. I was walking down the hallway at the Weapons School and saw John in one of the briefing rooms busily preparing for a briefing on what turned out to be the fatal flight. I thought of going in and saying hi, but he looked really busy and I decided to catch up with him later. A couple of hours later he was gone. I really wish that I had poked my head in the door and said "hey Mighty Mouse...fly safe. Dang...was that really 25 years ago.
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