John Peter Gautreau (BIG JOHN), 71 of Niceville, Florida passed away peacefully on Monday, 23rd July 2018 with his battle with leukemia. John was born on October 30, 1946 to John and Florence Gautreau in Rumford, Maine. He joined the Air Force in 1967 and did several tours in Vietnam until he retired in Rome, New York in 1987. His military career brought him to many places around the world, specifically to Thailand where he met and married his wife of 50 years, Boonruen Gautreau on June 9, 1969. After retiring and living in New York, he eventually moved his entire family to Niceville, Florida in 1994 and called it home. John is survived by his wife Boonruen Gautreau and 9 children, Margaret, Michille, Milinda, Mary Kay, Milissa, Melonie, Peter, Monique and Marjorie, his sister Sharon Jacques and sons-in-law, Neil Hogan, William Gaviller, Brennen Huff and Michael Adriatico. He is also survived by his 21 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. John is preceded in death by his beloved brother Timothy Gautreau. One of his greatest things he loved was to have family and friends come over also his love for Thailand never left his heart. To all that has met John (Big John), his wife Boonruen and his family thank you all for your love and support that you have given. Funeral Services will be at Saint Mary Catholic Church,110 St. Mary Avenue S.W.32548 Fort Walton Beach, FL on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.