In Memoriam: John Orlando Ginter Jr.

In Memoriam: John Orlando Ginter Jr.
John Orlando Ginter Jr. | May 22, 1932 – October 19, 2022

May 22, 1932 – October 19, 2022

John Orlando Ginter, Jr., (90), passed away peacefully in his home on October 19, 2022. He was born in 1932 in Jacksonville, Florida to John and Claudine Ginter.

John’s family founded the Jacksonville Ginter Box Companies, which manufactured boxes for King Edward Cigars and for department stores nationwide. John served as Vice-President until health problems forced him to retire early; however his retirement was not uneventful…

Shortly before graduating high school, he began training both trotting and pacing horses, racing them in New York, Chicago and Kentucky. Also a ham radio operator, he opened his own station, K4UYB, in 1959. He was a licensed, instrument-rated pilot. He volunteered with the vice squad from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, where he met and made lifelong friends. He was an avid sport fisherman and outdoorsman (captaining many family trips to the Abacos on the fishing boats he restored). And he was a member of the Florida Yacht Club and the Jacksonville Gun Club.

In 1957 John met and married his wife of 65 years, Dr. Myrna Ginter. Together, they raised 3 children: Joe, Mimi and Mitzi.

A man of many words, John never met a stranger. Despite health obstacles, John was blessed with a rich and colorful life filled with many hobbies, an overabundance of friends, and an unmatched enthusiasm for life. His proudest achievements were, undoubtably, that of being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and more recently, a great-grandfather. John is predeceased by his son, Joe, and leaves behind his wife, Myrna; his daughters Mimi Hallman (Michael) and Mitzi Mobley; his 4 grandchildren, Tanner Mobley, Adam Mobley, Katy Hallman (Alex Gould) and Anna Hallman; great-granddaughter, Olivia Mobley; and David W. Mobley (Jennifer). A special debt of gratitude is extended to his many caregivers who provided devoted and loving care to John in his last years of life.

A visitation, reception and rosary was held on Monday October 24, 2022 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

The Catholic Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on October 25, 2022 at St Paul Catholic Church, 2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations made in his name to The Jacksonville Humane Society or any local animal rescue as John was a lifelong lover of all creatures.

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