MSgt. John E. Lein

  • Born: December 15, 1938
  • Died: September 12, 2017
  • Location: North Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to MSgt John by adding your memories and photos.

MSgt John E. Lein, 78, USAF Ret., longtime resident of North Charleston, SC, died September 12, 2017. His funeral service with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road from 3:00 until 4:00 pm.

John was born December 15, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of the late Matthew Charles Lein and the late Dorothy Ann Officer Lein. His Air Force career was in Air Weather Reconnaissance; he served during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star and Air Medal. John was a forecaster for National Weather Service and AWRA member. He enjoyed traveling the world.

He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Ann; children Bobette, John, and Michele; grandson Jason (Brittney); great grandchildren Haylie, Kinsley and Camden; siblings Matthew (Mary) and Patricia (Lance) and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and "Friday Nighters" (Janet, Earl, Aubrey and Harry).


Condolence & Memory Journal

So very sorry for your lost.

Posted by Earl Pinckney - Goose Creek, SC - Friend   October 10, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lein family and Ruth Ann. I worked with both John and Ruth at the National Weather Service office in Charleston from 1994 - 1998.

Posted by Robert Crapulli - Smithfield, RI   September 30, 2017

Rest in peace John i will miss you!

Posted by Harry Jordan - North Charleston, SC - Friend   September 30, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Always remember... God Rides A Harley!

Posted by John Leone - Purcellville, VA - Friend   September 22, 2017

My deepest sympathy to Ruth Ann and all the Lein family on the loss of John. He will long be remembered for his smile, positive attitude and always wanting to voluntarily help keep the history of the USAF Air Weather and Air Weather Reconnaissance Services updated and to keep great camaraderie among its members. He was great to see at many reunions. Best wishes to his family and close friends for good health and strength to carry on.

Posted by Kevin Lavin - Served in the Military together   September 21, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.

Posted by Sev Schreffler - Leesburg, VA - Friend   September 21, 2017


So sorry for you loss.

Posted by Kim Miller - Fairfax, VA - Friend   September 20, 2017

Loving thoughts and prayers for michele and your family . I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May you be comforted and feel God's peace as you go through this difficult season .

Posted by Bonnie Andrews - Bristow, VA - Friend   September 20, 2017

I only met John a few times. Each a good time getting together for a holiday or birthday. He was a good man and it's so good to have his three children and grandson among my friends. Homeward through the haze.

Posted by Dan Deibel - Sierra Vista, AZ - Family Friend   September 20, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Cathy Pfisterer - Herndon, VA - Family Friend   September 20, 2017

Thinking of you at this most difficult time. You have my deepest condolences.

Posted by Jenn Gilbert - Owings, MD - Family Friend   September 19, 2017

I will always be your Daddies Girl.

Posted by Michele McCormack - Centreville, VA - Daughter   September 19, 2017

My Father, my rock. I will always be your Daddies Girl.

Posted by Michele McCormack - Centreville, VA - Daughter   September 19, 2017


Sincerest condolences to the family and to Johns friends. John will be dearly missed and know that he is in a new and wonderful place.

Posted by Ken Felmly - Manassas, VA - Family Friend   September 18, 2017

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Pat, John and Matt
Brothers. John and Matt

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Kentucky Derby Day
Yellowstone,Grand Canyon,Mt Rushmore and beyond.
Wedding day - John and Ruthann
Member of crew - Air Force Hurricane Hunter

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At Captain Munnerlyn and Lakishas wedding
Grands and Bobbie
Hatteras Days

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Living each day to the fullest
Awww....such a handsome chap

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John & "more" John
Watching sunrise - Jacksonville

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Michele's Wedding
Glacier - Alaska

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Legends - Myrtle Beach
Air Force Reunion - Dropsonders
Air Force Reunion

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Tampa Downs
Freezing in Alaska

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Cheers to a life lived to the fulllest. Each day was lived as a gift waiting to be opened.

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Jack Matt and Pat
Me, Jack and Pat
Jack and Dad
Mom and Jack

Life Stories

Aunt Ruth; I am sure your champion will be missed because he encouraged you to inhale life and excel at what you loved. John appeared to have loved life and he lived it to the last. He was always such a pleasant person when I called he would always laugh ( and it was as if I could sense his smile) and say hold on Reta I'll get Ruth. He enjoyed joyous occasions and one of the greatest was Kisha's wedding and being with the family.