In Memoriam: John P. Hlavnicka, CRNA, LTC (1952-2017)

  • Apr 22, 2018

John P. Hlavnicka 

Retired Army LTC John Paul Hlavnicka, 65, passed away on December 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by family and friends after a short but valiant battle with cancer.

Lt. Col. John P. Hlavnicka will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military honors on April 24, 2018 at 3 p.m.

John was born March 17, 1952, in Breckenridge, Minnesota, to the late James Hlavnicka and Kathleen Blouin Hlavnicka. In addition to his father, John is preceded in death by his wife, Lisa Reeves Hlavnicka, and his sisters, Terry and Nancy.

John's survivors include his mother Kathleen; his siblings, Julie, Janice, Timothy, Thomas and Pat; numerous nieces and nephews, and the love of his life, Carla J. Mahaffey.

John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for a total of 23 years, the last 16 years being stationed at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and serving as a Combat Medic/CRNA with Joint Special Operations Command. John served in Vietnam, as well as seven tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was very highly decorated (including two Bronze Star Medals) for his service. He was extremely proud of his Airborne Jump Wings and his affiliation with JSOC, and served as an invaluable member and leader within that organization. John ultimately retired from the service in 2008 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

John began his education in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Wyndmere, North Dakota. He graduated from Penn State University with a BSN in Nursing, and went on to graduate from the University of Texas with an MSN in Nurse Anesthesiology.

John enjoyed riding his Harley, photography, and restoring cars, especially his 1966 Chevelle and 1974 Chevy Nova. He spent his life serving his country, helping others in need, and was a true hero of our Nation's war on terror. He is, and always will be, greatly missed by all who knew him.

Condolences may be made at; any monetary donations to the John Paul Hlavnicka Foundation may be sent c/o: Matt Dolan, 2829 Bay Colony Lane, Lexington, KY 40511

This memoriam was published in Inforum on December 11, 2017.

Photos from Arlington National Cemetery burial:

LTC Hlavnicka's casket on horse-drawn wagon.
LTC Hlavnicka's casket is placed upon the horse-drawn wagon.

Military places LTC Hlavnicka's casket on the ground.
The casket comes to rest under the canopy.

Family, friends and co-workers of LTC Hlavnicka who were present for the ceremony.
Friends, family and co-workers gathered for the military burial.

Group of Co-workers of LTC Hlavnicka at Arlington National Cemetery
LTC Hlavnicka's co-workers.