John Vincent was born in Genoa City, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a pilot with the ferry command in the European-African theatre, the Pacific theatre, and the China‑Burma‑India theatre where he flew the "hump." He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.
After the war, John flew for KLM for a few years and then joined Seaboard in 1950. He left Seaboard at the beginning of 1957 and flew for Lufthansa and then Royal Jordanian Airlines. When he retired in 1981, he was director of procedures, systems, and safety for Royal Jordanian.
John was survived by his wife of more than 41 years, Iris; daughters Patricia David and Mrs. Scott Nelson; sons Maj. Randy Vincent, U.S.A.F., and George Vincent; and by his brother, Eugene Vincent. He was also survived by 7 grandchildren.