Silver Spring

FALES, John Jr.


John Fales, Jr., age 78, of Silver Spring MD, passed peacefully on Monday, November 26, 2018. A proud Marine, he served from 1957-1963 and 1966-1967. Blinded in Vietnam, he retired from the Marine Corps, and continued his service as a leader in the veteran’s community. John co-founded and led the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) and wrote a newspaper column, Sgt. Shaft. He ensured that service members, veterans and their families received support earned through service to country. John retired from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2006. Military decorations include the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon. Other awards include the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the Freedom’s Foundation and the Outstanding Handicapped Federal Employee. Survived by his wife of 40 years, Heea Vazirani-Fales; daughters Denise Fales Preskitt, Deepika Harris, Monika Vazirani, Jyotika Vazirani-Ali (Nizam Ali); son Ashish Vazirani (Deborah); grandchildren Christine, Grant, Victor, Benjamin, Isabella and Tariq; brother Frank and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter Reetika and grandson Jehan, and siblings Bill, Barbara and Robert. Friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, Friday, December 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church, 11600 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice  or the BAVF.

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