John M. Vlahos | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

September 6, 1930 - December 26, 2019

John M. Vlahos of Minneapolis, born September 3, 1930 and died December 26, 2019. John entered the US Air Force serving in the Korean War. He continued to make a career in the US Air Force and Reserves rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired as the Wing Commander at the Minneapolis Reserve Base. He spent his retirement years participating and volunteering in many events and races throughout the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by parents John D. and Martha and sister Irene Peterson. He is survived by his nieces Karen Winkelman, Patricia Coleman, Cynthia Kappedahl and great-niece Alison Hansen. He is also survived by his extended family James Peterson, Thomas Peterson, Steven Peterson, Peggy Gongoll, Teresa Johnson, many other family and friends, and his trusted companion Beagle Ben.

Memorial may be made to the donor's choice.


  1. Ralph Carlson says:

    John. Thanks for sharing memories of our days with the Flying Vikings this past 12 years. You have taken the Final Flight that we all will do some day. Rest in Peace friend.
    Ralph Carlson Col USAF Ret

  2. Rick Klick says:

    John Vlahos — True friend — Aircraft Commander – Wing Commander, (which I think he hated doing), –
    Regular participant of the ever declining “Garden Club” at the ole NCO Club — Member of the “Zipper Club” —
    You had a tight hold on your wallet when it was your turn — but did come thru……
    I truly respected you and SALUTE you Sir!!
    Rest in Peace John — Your jogging will return with all who have known you, as well as pets.

    Rick Klick MSgt (retired ) 934th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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