John Wayne Estal

December 26, 1941 - December 5, 2020
John Wayne Estal

John Wayne Estal 78, of Wilmington, NC formerly of Deerfield, IL passed away Saturday December 5, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center from a traumatic brain injury from a fall.

Born on December 26, 1941 in Grinnell, Iowa he was the son of the late Elbert Wayne Estal and Dorothy Lee Murphy Estal. He was a retired Electrical Engineer with Bell Labs/AT&T.

Surviving are his wife Holly Hansen Estal; son Andy Estal and husband Jeff Phillips; daughter Sally Estal Volstad and husband Daryll; sisters Judy Estal Vosepka and husband Rich; Jan Estal Maberry and husband Keith. Two grandchildren Kyra and Katy Volstad.

Services are being planned at a later date.

John’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to Church of the Servant Episcopal – Wilmington, NC – Choir Ministry and The Blue Ribbon Run – Wilmington, NC.

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  • December 06, 2020
    Jeanne Price Criscuolo says:
    To Holly, Andy, Sally and your family I send wishes for peace.

  • December 06, 2020
    Jeanne Price Criscuolo says:
    To Holly, Andy, Sally and your family I send love and prayers for peace

  • December 07, 2020
    Paula Brinkman says:
    I am so upset to read the news of John’s passing. He was a cherished member of the Wilmington Choral Society for several years during my tenure. I thought him to be not only a dedicated and valuable singer, but a lovely and fascinating gentleman. I know his family will miss him dearly and I wish them peace and special memories.

  • December 07, 2020
    Kris Spence says:
    Dear Andy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. With deepest sympathy, Kris, Karn and Helen Spence (Portage, MI)

  • December 08, 2020
    Michelle (Colby) Hellner says:
    Holly, my heart breaks for you and your family. John was such a kind and joyful presence. I loved singing with him in choir, and listening to his stories. He will truly be missed. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.