***A Memorial Service will be held for John Mack McCoin (next week) 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021 at the American Legion, 3408 W. 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66049.
John Mack McCoin, 89, Lawrence. A military graveside service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. John passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at LMH Health.
John was born on January 21, 1931 in Alleghany County, North Carolina, the son of Robert Avery and Ollie Mae (Osborne) Mc Coin.
He served his country in the United States Marines for four years as a staff sergeant and later served in the Army Reserves.
He obtained an Associates Degree from Wingate Junior College. After transferring to Appalachian State Teachers College, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. He received his Master’s Degree in Social work from Richmond Professional Institute. He earned his Ph.D. Degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.
He worked at various positions from teaching, social worker, child welfare case worker, platoon sergeant, Mental Hygiene Clinic Psychiatric social worker, administrative chief with the Marine Reserves, combat intelligence chief and career planner with the rank of gunnery sergeant. He then became a captain with the Army Reserves and served in the 344th General Hospital. He then became an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1991. He authored a book, Adult Foster Homes. He worked as supervisory social worker at the V.A. Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS.
He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the US Marine Good conduct Medal, the IRG Marine Corp Reserve Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He was selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who in America.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruby Billings; and brother, Hassell Mc Coin.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the American Legion Post #14 and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.