The City of Sugar Creek lost a WWII hero on August 18, when John George Mika passed away at the age of 86.
John fought on Okinawa and served our country in the United States Navy, both on active and reserve duty, for more than 38 years. He had more hash marks (stripes) on his uniform sleeve than anyone at the Herald had ever seen before. John was a company chief with the Seabees 40th Battalion and a member of VFW Post 1000 and American Legion Post 21.
John was a member of the “Paint Gang” at Standard Oil until he retired in 1982. He hunted and fished and enjoyed spending time at his place at Pomme de Terre Lake in the Ozarks. His wife, Merle Maxine Mika, passed away in April of this year. The Herald staff stands with the city in offering their condolences to the Mika family for all that they’ve lost, with gratitude for the service John G. Mika and his wife and family have given to our country and to this community.