John Lawrence

September 6, 1923 - May 14, 2008

09/06/1923 - 05/14/2008

Past Services

Thursday May 22, 2008
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ï¿_ Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Friday May 23, 2008
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ï¿_ Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Saturday May 24, 2008
10:00 am
St. Jerome Catholic Church
116 Denbigh Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23608
757/877-5021 | Directions
Saturday May 24, 2008
11:30 am
Peninsula Memorial Park
12750 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
757/930-1197 | Directions

Newport News – CW02 Ret. John R. Lawrence, 84, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Mr. Lawrence was born
Juanito Ramirez Lorenzana in Bintawan, Villa Verde Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines on Sept. 6, 1923. He has been a Peninsula resident since 1966. He retired from the US Army in 1971 after 26 years of service. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. During his military service, he earned numerous honors including the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News, the PACP Philippine-American Community of the Peninsula, the VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4809, The American Legion Post 368, and the Knights of Columbus Council No.5480.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosario A. Lawrence. He leaves behind two children, Divina and Bert Soto of Newport News; a sister Fely Montenegro of Castro Valley, CA.; three nieces – Avelina Casteneda of Springfield, VA.’ Mary Lou Cruz of Yorktown, VA.;
Diana Gutierrez of Newport News, VA.; a grandson, Larry Rojas of Richmond, VA.; a good friend, Gertrudes Rabusa of Newport News, VA.; and numerous relatives in the Philippines.
Viewings will take place at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA, 23608. A public viewing will be from 11 am to 4 pm, Thursday, May 22, 2008 and the wake for family and friends will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Friday, May 23, 2008. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News. Interment with military honors will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family online at
Arrangements are under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA. 23608

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Conchita Connie Palmer
8 years ago

I am sorry for the loss of your love one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lennie, Shane & Alan Florez, Mar & Joel Velasquez
8 years ago

Uncle John, will always in our hearts and memories forever. With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Benny and Linda Bagalawis
8 years ago

While we don’t know the perfect words to say, we want you to know how sorry we are to hear of your loss of your father..Our warmest thoughts are with you…Benny and Linda Bagalawis