James "Jabby" Jabara (October 10, 1923 – November 17, 1966)
was the second-highest-scoring U.S. ace of the Korean War. He
was the first American jet ace in history. Jabara is credited
with 15 victories over MiG-15 jets in Korea, one below the tally
of Joseph C. McConnell, although Jabara’s 1.5 victories in World
War II bring his career total to 16.5 victories.
Jabara was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was of Lebanese
American descent; his parents came from Marjayoun, Lebanon. He
graduated from Wichita North High School in Wichita, Kansas, in
May 1942. At five feet, five inches tall, he was short for a
potential fighter pilot (and reportedly required to wear
corrective eyewear) but this did not prevent him from
immediately enlisting as an Aviation Cadet at Fort Riley,
Kansas. After attending four flying schools in Texas, he
received his pilot’s wings and a commission as Second Lieutenant
in October 1943, at Moore Field, Texas.
During World War II, Jabara flew two tours of combat duty in
Europe as a P-51 Mustang pilot, the first with the 363rd Fighter
Group of the Ninth Air Force from January to October 1944, and
the second with the 355th Group of the Eighth Air Force from
February to December 1945. During his European combat, and known
then as “the Ceegar Kid,” (for his penchant to smoke cigars) he
flew 108 combat missions and was credited with the destruction
of one-and-a-half enemy planes in aerial combat and four on the
After World War II, Jabara attended the Tactical Air School
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and from 1947 to 1949 was
stationed on Okinawa with the 53rd Fighter Group. Jabara
returned to the United States and was assigned as a flight
commander, now at the rank of captain, with the 4th
Fighter-Interceptor Wing, flying the newly operational F-86
Sabre jet fighter at the New Castle (Delaware) County Airport.
Jabara arrived in Korea on December 13, 1950 with the 4th
Fighter-Interceptor Wing, which was the first F-86 unit deployed
to the Fifth Air Force to counter the threat by the Soviet
MiG-15. By January 2, 1951, he had flown five combat missions in
F-86s and had damaged one MiG-15 enemy jet fighter in air
combat. The F-86 Sabre Jet achieved a 10-to-1 kill ratio against
the MiG-15 during the Korean War.
He achieved his first confirmed "kill" on April 3, 1951. He
scored another on April 10, a third on April 12, a fourth on
April 22 and his fifth and sixth on May 20, making him the first
American jet ace in history. All his victories were against
MiG-15s. The May 20 mission was his sixty-third Korean mission
of an eventual 163; he was to have two other days when he was to
down two planes and would become a triple ace. He won a
Distinguished Service Cross for his heroics that day (the
nation’s second highest decoration), but he would later add a
silver star and oak leaf cluster to that for repeat
performances. Against his wishes, he received a stateside leave
for a publicity tour. The family Jabara grocery store on Murdock
Street in Wichita was thronged with people for days and both he
and his father John Jabara would appear on local and national
radio and television. Wichita would mount one of its
most-attended parades in the city’s history. Jabara was even
sent on a good-will tour of his father’s homeland and gave a
speech in his father’s hometown of Marjayoun. Films of his plane
in Korea were on every movie newsreel, and he had offers to
spend a week in Hollywood and a week in South America all
expenses paid. The Cigar Institute of America sent him a case of
cigars and his wife Nina received promotional packages with
cigarette lighters and perfume. Other accolades at the time were
a song (“That Jabara Bird”) and a ritual rewarding of his
Distinguished Service Cross at a baseball game in Boston.
Jabara returned to the United States in May, 1951, for
temporary assignment to Air Force Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
and two months later was transferred to the Air Training Command
at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Upon his request, he returned
for another tour of duty overseas, arriving in Korea in January
1953. Now a major, on his second tour, he shot down nine more
MiGs for a total of 15.
Jabara returned to the United States in July 1953 and was
assigned to Headquarters of the 32nd Air Division, Syracuse, New
York. He then assumed command of the 337th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
By 1966, Jabara had risen to the rank of Colonel (the
youngest at that rank at the time) and was to command the 31st
Tactical Fighter Wing at Homestead AFB, Florida. Jabara was
widely rumored to be on the brink of promotion to General when
he and his teenage daughter Carol Anne died in a car accident in
Florida on November 17, 1966, just as he was preparing to deploy
the 31st Wing for his first tour in the Vietnam War.
The Jabara family were in two cars that day on their way to a
new home in South Carolina where his wife Nina and their
children, James Jr., Carol Anne, Jeanne and Cathy would wait out
Jabara’s planned combat tour of Viet Nam. Carol Anne was driving
a Volkswagen with her father as a passenger in Delray Beach,
Florida. She lost control of the car going through a
construction zone and it rolled several times. James Jabara was
pronounced dead on arrival at the Delray hospital and Carol Anne
died two days later. The two were buried together in a single
grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Colonel James Jabara Airport outside of Wichita, Kansas,
was named after him. Each year, the United States Air Force
Academy alumni association awards the Jabara Award, named after
Colonel Jabara, to the Academy graduate whose accomplishments
demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved
with aerospace vehicles.
During World War II, Colonel Jabara was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air
Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters. While in Korea, he received the
Distinguished Service Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and an Oak
leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Jamison, Robert Lloyd
1st Sgt (Retired) Robert Lloyd Jamison, 87, of Lawton,
Oklahoma, formerly of Cantril, died Monday, October 7, 2013, in
Lawton. Graveside services and burial of cremains was in Maple
Grove Cemetery in Cantril.
Mr. Jamison was born March 20, 1926, in Keosauqua the son of
Ralph Lloyd and Helen Weyer Jamison. He married Irene McIntosh
March 23, 1949, in Keosauqua. He grew up in Cantril and
graduated from Cantril High School in 1944.
He was drafted into the United States Army August 12, 1944,
and later enlisted on November 29, 1949. He served in World War
II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He received many awards,
including the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army
Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal - fifth award, American
Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with one Bronze Battle
Star Medal, World War II Victory Medal; World War II Occupation
Japan Medal, National Defense with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean
Service Medal with Silver Battle Star, Vietnam Service Medal
with four Bronze Battle Stars, United Nations Service Medal with
Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Korean War Service
Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and Republic of Korea
Presidential Unit Citation. While serving in Korea, he survived
the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. He retired from the military
September 1, 1969, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
He received his bachelor's degree in business from Cameron
University and began working for the city of Lawton in the
engineering department where he worked for 12 years. After his
retirement in 1990, he and his wife became full time RV'ers for
He was a member of the Lawton Heights United Methodist
Church, the Chosin Few, Korean War Vets, VFW Post No. 1193 and
American Legion Post 29. He enjoyed fishing and his beloved
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Deborah Reed and
spouse Donny of Denton, Texas; one son Robert Jamison and spouse
Linda of Lawton; one brother, Harold Jamison of Birmingham; one
sister, Vivian Rinaberger of Indianola; one stepsister, Marsha
McLeland of Danville; four grandchildren; and nine
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Willa
Jamison; and one brother, Craig Jamison.
Janes, Harold N.
Harold Noble James, 81, of Thomson, IL, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital,
Davenport, IA, after a month-long battle with pneumonia and complications of COPD.
Harold was born March 14, 1931, in rural Freedom Township, Carroll County, IL, the son of Florence Mae
Noble and Floyd Treloar James. He attended Savanna, IL area schools. Harold married Kathryn Meda Poorman
September 29, 1951 in Thomson, IL.
On November 20, 1951, Harold was drafted into the United States Army serving in the Korean War guarding
North Korean POWs until his separation on October 28, 1953, where he earned the Korean Service Medal with
3 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic
of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal.
Harold was a Life Member of the Donald J. Ashpole American Legion Post 1025, Thomson, and a Member of
Lions International Club 281 of Thomson and of The Loyal Order of the Moose Chapter 718, Savanna. He drove
long haul trucks for Handel Bros. Trucking of Chadwick, IL; hauled canned and bulk milk with his wife from
local dairy farmers to dairies located in Argo Fay and Chadwick; farmed 261 acres in rural Thomson;
co-owned with Katy and his son, Wayne, James Automotive and Café, Thomson; and bought and sold cattle
until he retired in 2007. Harold loved to dance with his wife, Katy, watch the RFD channel; play the
harmonica and euchre. Harold possessed a great sense of humor and brought fun and enjoyment to everything
in which he participated.
Harold is survived by one daughter, Mazie (Bruce) Angus of Coal Valley, IL; three sons, H.W. “Bill”
(Sherry) James of Fulton, Wayne F. (Ronda) James of Sabula, IA, and Gary A. (Barb Dickau) James of Fulton;
four brothers Gerald “Jerry” (Pat) James of Lanark, IL, Floyd “Jesse” (Linda) James of Savanna, Clifton
(Rita) James of Mount Vernon, IA, and Terry (Ruth) James of Savanna; eight grandchildren; eighteen
great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; three brothers-in-law, William (Virginia) Haas of
Fulton, Robert Poorman Haas of New Orleans, LA, James (Sue) Poorman Haas of Loganville, WI; and his
significant other, Beneta Folk, Thomson.
Harold is preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn M. James; his parents; three brothers-in-law, Glen
Poorman, Herbert Poorman, John “Jack” Poorman Haas; three sisters-in-law, Jennie Kness, Helen Michaletti,
and Anne Tamling; and one great-grandson, Austin Watkins.
Private Family Interment: Lower York Cemetery – Thomson, IL.
Jaska, Wesley Frank
Wesley Frank Jaska, 78, of Barstow, born November 25, 1930, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at
his home. Services were held on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Mead Mortuary. Burial was at
Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.
Wes was born in Ennis, Texas, to Joe and Annie Jaska. He was the fifth of eight children. Wes was
employed as a firefighter at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, and retired as a House Captain
after 31 years. He also served as a volunteer Assistant Chief for the Barstow Fire District for 20 years
and was instrumental in forming the volunteer firefighters at Station 4 in Lenwood. He was a member of the
California State Firefighters Association.
Jaska served in the Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952, receiving an honorable discharge after serving in
Korea. He was a member of G-3-5, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, in the Pusan Perimeter, and was wounded
in Korea on August 24, 1950 and evacuated. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
Wes was known for being a caring and giving individual who was always willing to help those in need, as
well as for being a prankster with a great sense of humor.
Jaska is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol, of Barstow; daughter Karen Welsh of Hesperia and son
Wesley Jaska of Apple Valley; grandchildren, John Welsh of Modesto, Daniel Welsh of Hesperia, Nicholas
Jaska of Stockton, and Samantha Jaska of Apple Valley; great-grandchildren, Alissa Welsh and Daniel Welsh
of Hesperia; sisters, Annie Juricek, Bessie Johnson, Mary Jakubik, Rosalie Chapman, and Margie Macalik,
all of Texas; and niece Betty Slovacik of Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of the
Inland Counties, 222 E. Main, Barstow.
Jaunal, Sgt. Major Jack William
Sgt. Major Jack William Jaunal
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Sergeant Major Jack William Jaunal (USMC Ret.) was born 2 August 1927 in Los Angeles, California and
passed away on Easter Sunday, 8 April 2012. He was a veteran of three wars and over thirty-three years of
military service. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1952 after seven years of U.S. Army
During World War II, 1944-1945, he served as a seaman in the U.S. Maritime Service. In 1945, he
volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the infantry. During the war in Korea, in which he was
wounded, he participated in seven campaigns, which included temporary duty with the British 29th Brigade
and the First Marine Division.
His varied career as a Marine included duty as a communicator, artillery gunnery sergeant,
reconnaissance man, recruiter, a tour with the air wing, and as a monitor at two atomic tests in Nevada.
He was promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 April 1968 while serving in Vietnam with the First Marine Division.
His service in Vietnam included the Communist Tet Offensive, Operations Auburn and Meade River, the battle
at Cam Le, and one long range reconnaissance patrol. Vietnam provided the basis for his book, Vietnam
'68 Jack's Journal, published in 1989. When retired on 1 May 1978 he was Sergeant Major of the Fleet
Marine Force, Atlantic.
After retirement, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in history from Pacific Lutheran
University (Tacoma, Washington) in 1983 and a Master of Arts degree in American history from the
University of Washington (Seattle) in 1985. His thesis, The U.S. Marines in the China Relief
Expedition, 1900 was published in 1986. At the time of his death, he was a college history instructor.
He was married to the former Elizabeth M. Davidson (deceased) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are
survived by two sons, Garry and Brian; eight granddaughters and two grandsons; three great-grandsons and
His military awards included a Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal
with Combat "V", Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with two stars, Navy Unit
Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf cluster, Marine
Corps Good Conduct Medal with seven stars, Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of
Occupation Medal with Japan clasp, National Defense Service Medal with star, Korean Campaign Medal with
seven stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with five stars, Merchant Marine World War II Victory Medal, Bravery
Gold Medal of Greece, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Cross of
Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Action Colors with Palm, United Nations
Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Memorial service 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012 at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, 1535 SW Dash Point
Road. A military memorial will be held at a later date during the summer at Tahoma National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sgt. Major Jaunal's memory to: Marine
Corps Heritage Foundation (http://www.marineheritage.org/MakeDonation.asp).
Published in The Seattle Times from April 12 to April 13, 2012 .
Bruce Jensen was born February 14, 1931 in Hawarden, Iowa, to
parents Walter and Bonnie (Akin) Jensen. He died March 28, 2008
at Morningside Care Center in Alcester, South Dakota at the age
of 77 years, 1 month and 14 days.
Bruce attended rural schools in Union County and graduated
from Alcester High School in 1949. He served in the United
States Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954, during the Korean War.
Bruce returned to Alcester and began working for Farmers Union.
He married Joyce Skinner on June 20, 1958. The couple purchased
Anderson Garage and operated it until 1972. Bruce bought and
operated Jensen Oil with his brother Squirt, while farming,
milking cows, agriculture custom work, and carpentry until his
retirement in 1993. After retiring, he did snow blowing for
different organizations and hauled for Sioux Fertilizer.
Bruce was a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ in
Alcester. He served on the Alcester Fire Department for 33 years
and was an active member of Alcester Veterans of Foreign War
Post 6149, serving in many different capacities. Bruce enjoyed
woodworking, traveling, being outdoors, and working in his yard
and around his house. His greatest joy in life was spending time
with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister LueAnne Miner
and brother Gorden Jensen.
His survivors include his wife Joyce, Alcester; children:
Debra Jensen, Alcester, Glenn Jensen, Vermillion, Judy Whitehead
and husband John, Lancaster, CA, Mildred Klopstad and husband
Greg, Yankton, Patricia Williams and husband Matthew, Merrill,
IA and Walter Jensen and wife Rebecca, Tyndall, SD; 12
grandchildren: Melissa Jensen, Jacob Jensen, Ashley Klopstad,
Laura McBride and husband Andrew, Dennis Jensen, Amy Klopstad,
Alice Klopstad, Monique Williams, Anthony Rux, Cory Rux, Forest
Jensen, and Jesse Jensen; two great grandchildren: Corban and
Zaine McBride; brother Hugh Jensen, Alcester; and many nieces,
nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM, Tuesday, April 1,
2008 at the United Church of Christ in Alcester. Visitation will
be Monday from 6:30PM to 8PM at the church with a prayer service
Jensen, Bruce ElRoy
Bruce ElRoy Jensen, 78, former resident of Utah, passed away
August 12, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born March 31, 1920 in
Fountain Green, Utah to John Clarence and Lila Marshall Jensen.
He married Hazel Dean who preceded him in death. Bruce served
his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II and the Korean
Survivors: son, Jeff Jensen (Grace), Torrance, California;
grandson, Nathaniel E. Jensen; sisters, Liz Zollinger (Max),
Pleasant Grove, Utah; Sally Turner, Kearns, Utah; Jane Kay,
Oregon; also nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters,
Malorie Cook and Shanna Dorrance.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 17, 1998 at 11
a.m. in the Goff Mortuary 8090 So. State where friends may call
one hour prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial
Jensen, Bruce Henry
Memorial services for Bruce Henry Jensen, 80, who died June
3, 1998 at Veterans' Administration Medical Center in
Alexandria, Louisiana, will be held at 7 p.m. June 4 at First
United Methodist Church in Mansfield. Reverend Leland Wade will
officiate, assisted by Reverend James Flowers, Rector of Christ
Commander Jensen, son of Martin and Marjorie Miller Jensen,
was born on July 28, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and
reared in Saratoga Springs, New York. He received his officer
training at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut,
and earned his bachelor's degree from LSU, and his master's from
Western Reserve in Cleveland.
He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam before retiring
in 1964, then moved with his family to Mansfield, where he
resided until his death. In Desoto Parish, Louisiana, he pursued
further careers in teaching and social work. He dedicatedly
served the American Legion and the 40&8, and was active in the
Methodist Church. He was a life member of American Legion
Cedar Grove Post No. 6.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Heard
Jensen; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Barry
Musgrove of Bossier City; Katherine and Joe Field of Lincoln,
NE; Elizabeth and Jim Daws of Atlanta; six grandchildren,
Matthew Musgrove, Anne Musgrove; Holley Field, Jake Field,
Summer Daws, and Shelby Daws; one great-grandson, Andrew
Musgrove; and one sister, Norma Genne of Minneapolis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of
Cdr. Bruce H. Jensen to LSU Alumni Foundation, 3838 West
Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to Disabled American
Veterans, Department of Louisiana, 1885 Wooddale Blvd., Baton
Rouge, LA 70806.
Jette, Ronald J.B. Sr.
Ronald J.B. Jette, Sr., 79, of 10 Sampson St.,
Spencer, died suddenly Monday, April 2, 2012 at his home.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Janet E. (Gauthier) Jette, a son, R. John Jette, Jr. and his wife Anne
of Spencer and a daughter, Cynthia P. Obrzut and her husband James of Warren, four brothers; George,
Roger, Emile and Richard Jette, four grandchildren; Michael and Carolyn Jette, Jesse Fusco and Billie Jean
Moberg, and five great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by several brothers and
Ron was a meat cutter and meat department manager for Hodes Markets in Worcester County before retiring
in 1994. Born in Spencer, he was the son of George and Mary (Dragon) Jette and later served his
country with the US Navy during the Korean War.
He was a member of Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish, the Gaudette-Kirk Post 138 American Legion and was
a Sealer of Weights Measures for the Town of Spencer for 20 years. At one time he served as an EMT for the
Spencer Rescue Emergency Squad for eight years. An avid camper, he was Past President of the Bay Path
Chapter of the N.A.F.C.A. Ron was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4528 in Leicester and the
Fourth Degree and Faithful Navigator with the John Cardinal Wright Assembly in Worcester.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially camping with his wife and most recently a long
awaited trip to Florida in January.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from the J. Henri Morin Son Funeral Home, 23 Maple Terr.,
Spencer, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 7 Church St., Spencer. Burial will
follow in Mary, Queen of the Rosary Cemetery with Military Honors. Calling hours are Tuesday, April 3 from
4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of Mass., 40 Speen St.,
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701.
Walter Henry Johansen returned to his heavenly father on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Memorial services
will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with a
time visitation one hour prior to the service. Internment will take place following the service at
Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, IA.
Walter was born February 9, 1924, on the family farm in Lake Preston, South Dakota, to Henry and Ellen
Augustsen Johansen. During the Depression, the family lost their farm, and Walter traveled with his
family to California. His father passed away in California, leaving his mother with two young
children. She remarried and Walter was raised by his mother and stepfather, Martin Miller. He
graduated from Compton High School in California.
After graduation, he heard the call to defend home and country from the menace sweeping across Europe.
He fought bravely in Italy, earning a Bronze Star for valor. He was discharged from service as a
first lieutenant on June 4, 1946.
While attending California Polytechnic Institute, he reentered service to again fight with American
forces in Korea. At the conclusion of the war, he was again awarded a Bronze Star for valor, and
entered the Reserves. He retired from the Reserves as a captain in 1960.
He moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, obtaining a degree in civil engineering in
1955. While there, he met Mary Lou Diddy Ringel, daughter of Carl and Cora Kringle, working at the
University of Iowa president's office. They were married on December 31, 1955.
They moved to Wood River, Illinois, where Walter served as the city engineer. Later they moved to
Champaign, where Walter worked for Clark, Daily and Dietz Engineers. He completed his career as the
vice president of Daily and Associates Engineering in Champaign.
Walter was a 32nd degree Mason, a past watchman of shepherds of White Shrine of Jerusalem, and a past
worthy patron of Eastern Star. He also sang in the Champaign Barbershop Chorus. He did his
political duty by serving a term on the Champaign County Board of Supervisors. He was an active
member of the Urbana First United Methodist Church. He was a longtime volunteer at the Herbert
Hoover Library in West Branch and the Iowa City Veterans Hospital.
Walter loved gardening at his house in the historic Longfellow School neighborhood. He also loved
doing carpentry work around his house, a skill he learned from his stepfather. His final months were
spent at Silvercrest Assisted Living in Davenport, Iowa, the city where his daughter lives. He faced
his struggle with cancer as bravely as he fought as a soldier. His friendly attitude won him many
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Davenport, Iowa; a daughter, Patricia Johansen, pastor of
Tuscola United Methodist Church, her husband, Mike Crawford, and children, Kara and Mark; a son, David
Johansen, professor of trombone at Southeastern Louisiana University, his wife, Janiece Luedeke Johansen,
and son, Ethan; and daughter, Christina Johansen Kasteel, Putnam Museum curator. His legacy of his
family, well-designed roads and bridges, and those whose lives he touched will live on.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch.
Johnson, Albert August Jr.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 21, 2013 at
3:00 pm at Walters Funeral Home for Colonel Albert August
Johnson, Jr., who passed away on November 16, 2013 at his home
in Scott, Louisiana at the age of 90. Father Gary Schexnayder,
pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Chuch, will conduct the funeral
services. Colonel Johnson will be honored and laid to rest
during a military funeral with full honors at Arlington National
Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on January 16, 2014 at 9:00
He was the beloved husband of Ruth Johnson for 18 years. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Albert A. Johnson, Sr. and
Augusta Chauvet Johnson. He was also preceded in death in 1991
by his beloved wife, Miriam Hession Johnson, after 45 years of
marriage. He is survived by a sister, Rosalie Johnson Marcello.
Loving father of Barbara Fleming (Steve), Betty Becker (John)
and Barry Laiche (Michelle). He is the stepfather of Susan
Didier (Mel Skip), Troy Simmons (Christine), Keith Simmons, and
Marty Simmons (Simone). Grandfather of Darrell Laiche, Stephen
Laiche, Cindy Schmidt, Leah Ladner, and Pam Fleming. Step
grandfather of April Winningham, Mallory Simmons (Deceased),
Sarah Simmons and Hannah Simmons. Great grandfather of Taylor
Laiche, Brennen Albert Laiche, Barry Brody Laiche, Miriam
Camille Laiche, Lauren Laiche, Parrish Laiche, Madison Laiche,
William Schmidt, Brianna Smith, Brooke Roach, Bryce Roach and
Trent Mihill. Step great grandfather of Corinne Winningham and
Caleb Winningham. He loved spending time with his family and was
also the most helpful and caring person to his entire family.
Al was born and raised in New Orleans. He was very proud to
be a career military officer in the United States Army,
Transportation Corp. He joined the Army as a Private to serve in
World War II and he attained the rank of Colonel during his 35
years of loyal military service. He spent his years in the
military as a Master Army Aviator flying helicopters and held
many command posts. He is a veteran of World War II, the Korean
War and Vietnam. Al was awarded numerous military honors
including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star,
Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with twelve Oak Leaf
Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
Purple Heart in 1944 and 1964, and many more.
After his retirement from the military, Al moved to Scott,
Louisiana. He was employed by the City of Lafayette, Public
Works Department as the Operations and Maintenance Manager for
14 years. He was recognized as Employee of the Year by the City
of Lafayette for his outstanding service.
Al loved recreational vehicles and he and his wife, Ruth,
traveled to all the states in their RV and he was an active
member of the Cruisin Cajuns RV Club. He was also very proud to
be a life time member of the Washington Artillery of New
Orleans, one of the oldest operating military units in the
The family requests that visitation be held Thursday
afternoon, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be
made in his name to Hospice of Acadiana, Inc., 2600 Johnston
St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503 and the Washington Artillery
Veterans Association, P.O. Box 7584, Metairie, LA.
The family would like to recognize his wife, Ruth Johnson,
for the outstanding care and devotion she showed in caring for
her husband during his last years and enabling him to remain in
the comfort of his home and to enjoy his lovely garden. A
special thanks also to Dr. Ken McCarron and his nurse, Donna,
for their exceptional medical care.
Johnson, Melvin Victor
Melvin Victor Johnson, 83, of Rudyard, passed away peacefully
at his home surrounded by family Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
He was born April 5, 1930, to Victor and Lempi (nee Aho) Johnson
in Sault Ste. Marie. He grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and Rudyard
and was graduated from Rudyard High School in 1948. He
married Miriam Kauppi September 30, 1950, in El Paso, Texas.
Mr. Johnson joined the United States Air Force and served his
country during the Korean War. He was a member of the 19th
bomber group, and 28th bomb squadron at Kedina Air Force Base in
Okinawa, Japan. While he was staff sergeant, he flew 27 combat
missions over Korea under the banner of the United Nations.
Mr. Johnson was a licensed pilot, master woodworker, auto
mechanic, and business owner. He worked for Soo Machine and Auto
for a short time before becoming business owner of Rudyard
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kincheloe, and a
life member of the VFW Post 4907 in Rudyard. He enjoyed being
active in his community and riding his bicycle.
He is survived by his wife; a son and his family, Wendell and
Donna Johnson of Zephyrhills, Florida; two daughters and their
families, Wanda and Don Erickson of Dafter, and Sandra and Paul
Piirainen of Sault Ste. Marie; four grandchildren, Allan and
Emily Veler, and Aina and Andrew Piirainen; and two
great-grandchildren, Jayallan and Emma Schuch. He is further
survived by two aunts and their families, Ruth and Charles
Touple of Sault Ste. Marie and Mildred “Millie” Aho of Hessel;
his cousins, Anita Johnson and Norma Leach, and several other
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Martha
“Marksie” Touple and Jeannie Johnson, and a son-in-law, Jay
Visitation was Friday, November 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and
Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Reamer Galer
Funeral Home in Pickford. Services were Saturday at 11 a.m. at
the funeral home with Pastor Charles Burhop conducting the
Interment will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Bruce Township
with military honors.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 16811
South Water Tower Drive, Kincheloe, Michigan, 49788 or EUP
Special Olympics, 305 West 19th Street, Sault Ste. Marie,
Johnson, Dr. Robert L. Sr.
Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Sr., known to many as Bob and Doc, was one of five children born to Joe and
Catherine Chatman Johnson (who preceded him in death) on July 27, 1930 in Helena, Arkansas. He attended
Helena schools and graduated from Eliza Miller High School where he was an All Star High School football
player. His love of learning and football led him to attend Xavier University of New Orleans on a
football scholarship where he met his soul-mate, Mercedes Sylvest, who would later become his wife and
mother of their five daughters and one son.
In 1951, he was drafted in the U.S. Army, and served in
one of the military’s first integrated companies at Ft. Bliss, Texas where he received guided missile
training. He was later assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Camp Carson, Colorado and was soon deployed
to Korea. Because of his medical background he was quickly promoted from private to corporal and served as a
combat medic. He earned many awards and honors for his service, including the Purple Heart until his
discharge in 1953. That same year he began working for the Chicago Post Office. His diligence and
determination literally led him “up the ladder” working as a clerk, timekeeper, supervisor and tour director
of the entire 9th floor of Chicago’s Main Post Office. He received his Master of Science degree from the
University of Chicago in 1954, and later his doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of
Optometry in 1960.
In his final year at the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Johnson was required to
participate in an external clinical site training where he would provide full eye care under the direction
of a licensed optometrist. In 1959, there were only three practicing African American optometrists in the
city of Chicago; and by the grace of God, Dr. Johnson forged a bond with Dr. Henry Moore, who had been in
practice for several years. Plano Child Development Center was birthed from this relationship that has
lasted more than 50 years. Dr. Moore was the intermediary that helped Dr. Johnson carry out his vision.
an early age he was baptized at Mount Tabor M.B. Church of Helena, Arkansas where he sang with the choir.
His faith journey continued while pursuing his education at Xavier University where he became a devoted
member of St. Joseph M.B. Church, serving as a Sunday school and Bible class teacher. He has been a faithful
member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church since 1963 and served for more than 20 years as Chairman of the
Trustee Board until his death. With God’s guidance, the church mortgage and church bus were paid in full.
Church tithing, offerings and savings greatly increased under his leadership. As a true servant of God, Dr.
Johnson was a man of amazing vision and generosity. He always believed his favorite scripture, Proverbs
3:5-6, was the reason for his many accomplishments. As long as he lived, he continued to bless others as God
had so richly blessed him.
A man of many firsts, in 1959, he co-founded Plano Child Development Center and
as president of Plano, thousands of families have seen remarkable improvements in their children, in school
achievement and behavior through low-cost and sometimes free vision health education, vision exams and
vision therapy. Plano has the distinction of being the only not-for-profit African American service provider
offering comprehensive vision therapy, testing and treatment intervention to patients in Chicago. As a
pioneering force in optometry, Dr. Johnson organized an associate degree program for training of optometric
technicians that graduated some of the first minority technicians in the field.
In the 1970s, he organized
Vision Health Management Systems, Inc., a vision Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) in Chicago, Washington,
DC, New Orleans and Atlanta, serving thousands of employees in city, county and state governments.
He was a
member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Illinois Optometric
Association (IOA), American Optometric Association (AOA) and the National Optometric Association (NOA). Because
of his expertise in the area of vision, he served as a consultant to the Woodlawn Experimental School Project;
the Chicago Board of Education Area A School Mental Health Project to Advance Creativity in Education;
consultant for “Project Healthy” which evaluated the effectiveness of the Headstart Program; consultant for the
U.S. Postal services to establish vision standards of certain job categories; and was the first African American
to receive a fellowship in the College of Vision Development (COVD). The passing of Dr. Robert L. Johnson will
be felt by all who knew and loved him, especially his wife of 58 years, Mercedes; his children, Valerie (Norman,
Sr.) Thomas; Stephanie (Perry) Brown; Carol, who preceded him in death (Larry, Sr.) Fitzgerald; Robert, Jr.;
Kimberly (Byron) Henry; and Paula (Samuel II) Jones.
He also leaves ten grandchildren to mourn his passing;
Larry, Jr., Crystal, Marcus, Samuel III, Robert, Candice, Norman, Jr., Jasmine, Gabriel and Kyle; and two
great-grandchildren; Devin and Jaylen. His siblings, Joerean (husband, Walter, deceased) Mills; Samuel (wife,
Susie, deceased) Johnson; Joe L. Johnson; and Doris Kennebrew, and many other relatives and special friends will
continue to honor his memory. As we celebrate his life, we can all take a lesson from Dr. Johnson by striving to
truly make a difference in the lives of others.
Interment Friday, December 10, 2010 Evergreen Cemetery,
Mausoleum & Crematory (Section: Oakland, Part 1, Lot 192, Grave #8) 3401 West 87th Street Evergreen Park, Illinois
60805 Departure from Mount Calvary Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. The family invites you to join them at the repast
immediately following the interment. The repast will be held at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. In
lieu of flowers, please send donations to Plano Child Development Center, 5401 S. Wentworth Ave., Suite 14A,
Chicago, IL 60609. www.planovision.org
Jolley, Clifford Dale
Funeral services were held Monday in the Bountiful LDS North
Canyon Stake Center for retired Lt. Col. Clifford Dale Jolley,
the only Utah Air National Guard jet ace from the Korean War.
Mr. Jolley, 74, who was decorated with the Silver Star, the
Purple Heart and several disting- uished flying crosses, died
July 13, 1994, at his Bountiful home. He underwent two heart
operations in 1994 and suffered a brain tumor earlier this year.
A military flyover honored the airman during burial services at
the Bountiful Cemetery.
A native of Cleveland, Mr. Jolley joined the Air Force in
1941, serving in World War II and Korea. He ended his tour of
duty in Korea in October 1952 with seven confirmed downings and
13 probable downings of Soviet MiG fighters. He received the
ace-qualifying fifth kill when he shot down a MiG-15 while on
patrol over Sinuiju, North Korea, an area near the Yalu River
known as "MiG Alley."
He downed his first enemy fighter planes during a three-month
period that year, with one of the missions earning him the
Silver Star. After shooting down one plane, the F-86 Sabrejet
ace realized his wingman had disappeared. Although injured and
his plane low on fuel, Jolley went on to search for the other
American pilot, whose plane also had been hit by enemy fire. The
two pilots ejected into the Yellow Sea. The wingman perished,
but Jolley was picked up initially by the North Koreans, who
released him after being confronted by an American helicopter
Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Dale Jolley, Ret., passed away at
home on July 13, 1995.
He was born May 4, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Walter
Clairmont and Elsie Agnes Jolley. He married Mildred Pack on May
14, 1943. They were sealed together for time and all eternity in
the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Flying was one of his great joys. He
flew in two wars to defend the freedoms of our nation, becoming
Utah's only jet ace (Korean War). He was decorated with the
Silver Star and several Distinguished Flying Crosses. His
bravery and enthusiasm for flying continued to serve him as a
test pilot until complications from his war injuries forced him
to stop flying. Cliff was a uniquely creative and very talented
He loved to golf. He loves the Lord Jesus Christ and always
put the needs of others before his own. His kindness and sense
of humor lightened the hearts of others until his very last
moment on earth. He touched the lives of all he met. His circle
of friends is great. He cherishes his wife and family. He will
be missed very, very much.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mildred; his
children, Dale (and Shirlene) Jolley, Darrell Jolley, Renee (and
Stan) Coon, Craig (and Dawnette) Jolley; 11 grandchildren; and
his sister, Jeanette DePinto.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 17, 1995, at 12
noon at the Bountiful North Canyon Stake Center, 965 East
Oakwood Drive, Bountiful. Friends may call Sunday, July 16, from
6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main,
and Monday at the church from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to
services. Interment was at the Bountiful City Cemetery.
Jones, Barry Edward Sr.
Barry Edward Jones Sr. passed away at West LA Veterans Hospital on April 29, 2011 due to complications
of lung disease. His son Barry Jr. and wife Beverly were at his side. Barry is survived by his wife,
Beverly Austin, daughter Cynthia Merrick, sons Barry Jones Jr., Mark Jones, Gregory Zetzsche, seven
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Born in Pittsburg Pennsylvania July 19, 1932 to Alma and Roscoe Jones, Barry has two brothers Richard
and Ronald and a sister Judy Jones Baba. He entered the Marine reserves in 1949 and in 1950 was sent to
Korea where he survived the famous battle at the "Chosin Reservoir." This decisive battle is well known
for the extreme cold, large number of casualties and small number of survivors who became known as the "
Barry was a member of the Col. Wm. E. Barber MOH, Chapter #1, The Chosin Few, where he held many
positions including the office of president for two terms. As a very proud Marine Barry was also a member
of the VFW Post 2323, and the Marine Corps League. He joined the Mt. Lebanon Police Department while
living in Pennsylvania and after moving to California served 32 years with the LA Sheriffs Department, the
last 16 as a Homicide Detective.
Our Bear will be remembered for his smile, Marine camaraderie, sense of humor, story telling and love
of country. Memorial services will be held at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery on August 11, 2011 at 10:00
a.m. followed by a celebration of life at the Granada Hills VFW.
Jones, Col. Robert Ellis
Col. (Ret.) Robert Ellis Jones, 90, Clarksville, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at his residence. Born
19 July 1917, in Montreal, Canada, Colonel Jones was commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lt.
Infantry, 22 May 1939. Jones served in Troop F, 111th Cavalry, NMNG, CCC, and 33 years active duty. Upon
graduation from Parachute School 23 May 1942 and assignment to 502d PIR, he served in various assignments,
to include participation in Normandy and Rhineland Campaigns WWII. Jones was wounded in Holland during
Operation Market Garden while commanding "H" Company, 502d PIR, and returned to the US in February 1945
Colonel Jones was assigned to The Parachute School, Fort Benning, Ga., May 1945 to May 1948, then to
511th PIR, 11th Airborne Division, Camp Haugen, Japan. He was subsequently assigned to the 32d Infantry
Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in April 1949. Jones engaged in five offensive campaigns in Korea. He
participated in the Inchon landing as Company Commander "C" Company, 32d Infantry. As a participant in the
Chosin Reservoir attack in North Korea as S1 of the 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, Jones led the remnants of
that Battalion, himself, two other officers and 18 soldiers, out of Chosin Reservoir while attached to the
7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He remained in Korea as Executive Officer and Battalion
Commander until his return to the United States in June 1951.
Jones served as an Airborne Instructor at the Command and General Staff College 1951-1954, followed by
a three year tour in Hawaii as a National Guard Advisor, G3 Staff Officer and as G5 US Army Pacific. His
next assignments were with the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 327th Infantry 1957-1960, and as Executive
Officer, Deputy Commander and Group Commander, Fort Campbell, Ky.
In 1960, Jones was assigned as an Infantry Unit Advisor to the Turkish Third Army. In 1961, he was
selected to attend the US Army War College; upon completion he was assigned to Special Warfare
Directorate, Office of the Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army at the Pentagon
1962-1964, then to the Joints Chiefs of Staff J3, actively engaged in planning and operations of the
Vietnam Conflict. Initially assigned to USAEUR Heidelberg In August 1966, Jones assumed command of the
10th Special Forces Group (ABN) Bad Toelz, Germany. Upon return of the Group to the US in September 1968,
he traveled to Vietnam to serve as Deputy Director, Phoenix Directorate, COORDS, HQ MACV until June 3,
1970. He then departed to be Chief of Staff and Deputy Installation Commander, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Colonel Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico A&M College in 1939, with Post
Graduate work at the University of Texas. In 1965, he received a Master of Arts degree in International
Affairs from George Washington University.
Colonel Jones' awards and decorations include: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of
Merit with two clusters, Bronze Star with cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two clusters,
Purple Heart with cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Metal Pendant, Presidential Unit Citation (Army),
Presidential Unit Citation 1st and 2d Awards (Navy), Belgian Fourraguere, French Croix De Guerre with
Palm, Netherlands Orange Lanyard, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Police Medal of
Honor 1st Class, Vietnamese Rural Revolutionary Development Medal, and various other Service Medals. He
received the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, the Master Parachute Badge and a Glider Badge. Jones was
awarded the Departments of Army General Staff Identification and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification
After retirement from active duty in 1973, Colonel Jones resided in Clarksville, where he continued his
public service through many military and community pursuits. He was granted and assigned the distinction
of being the original Honorary Colonel of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, a Distinguished Member of the 502nd
Infantry Regiment and a Distinguished Member of the 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
Jones was past President and Chairman of the Board for the 101st Airborne Division Association;
Chairman of the Board for the 32d Infantry Regimental Association; and a Member of The Chosin Few,
survivors of the Chosin Reservoir action. In 1997, a building at Fort Drum, N.Y. was named for Colonel
Jones by the 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment to recognize his leadership in bringing the Battalion’s
last remnants out of Chosin Reservoir.
Colonel Jones was named by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a past Worthy Patron of
Eastern Star; 32d Degree Mason for more than 50 years, a Sojourner and a Knights Templar. Jones was named
by the 101st Airborne Division Association as The Airborne Man of the Year when he was president of the
Association. He received the ultimate honor of being named The Airborne Man of the Year from The Static
Line, an organization of all airborne associations comprising many tens of thousands of warriors.
Colonel Jones was a co-incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Fort Campbell
Historical Foundation, which is building the Wings of Liberty Military Museum at Fort Campbell.
Robert (Bob) Jones is survived by his daughter, Reta Nicholson and husband Donald of Columbia, Mo.;
stepson, William N. Weems and companion Linda Bowles of Clarksville; sister, Elisabeth Oakberg of Oak
Ridge; brother, Raymond Peterson of Sequim, Wash.; sister-in-law, Opal Edmundson of Clarksville;
sister-in-law, Lois Atchison and sister-in-law, Ruby Grayson and her husband Lloyd, all of Poynor, Texas.
Also surviving are grandchildren, James R. Robinson of Columbia, Mo., and Karen Robinson Rivera and
husband Greg, of Leavenworth, Kan.; step-grandchildren, Sonya Nicholson and husband, David Adams, and
Kurtis Nicholson of Columbia, Mo. Great-grandchildren surviving are Laura Talbert, husband Alonzo and
their children Jonathan, Erin, Sydney and Andrew of Camp LeJeune, N.C.; Sarah Robinson and husband Scotty
Kunefke and daughter Hattie of Kansas City, Mo.; Austin Robinson and Lauren Robinson of Merriam, Kan.; and
Isaac Adams of Columbia, Mo., Greg and Chad Rivera of Leavenworth, Kan. Additional survivors include many
loving nieces, nephews, their spouses and children in Texas, Tennessee and Washington, plus many friends
and their families locally and across the world. A very special survivor is Bob’s longtime companion,
Alice Goodrich of Clarksville. Her family became his loving family as well.
Bob was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Milner Jones of Poynor, Texas in 1957, wife, Martha
Edmundson Weems Jones of Clarksville in 1987; sisters, Reta Johnston, Muriel Sipe and Lois Piazza, and
brother, Jack Peterson, all of California.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at 502nd Chapel, Fort Campbell. A second service
will be held on Friday, Sept 28, 2007 at Hilldale Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 4 to
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service
Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 at Hilldale Church of Christ. The remains are to be cremated. A masonic service
will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at Neal-Tarpley Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to FCHF-Wings of Liberty Military Museum,
P.O. Box 2133, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.
Johnson, Wayne Archer "Johnnie"
Wayne A. “Johnnie” Johnson of San Marcos, TX, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the age of 79.
He was born on December 16, 1931, in Lima, OH, to Archer L. and Elizabeth T. (Kares) Johnson.
From July, 1950 to August, 1953 while being held a P.O.W. in Korea, at a great risk to his life,
Johnnie compiled a list of over 500 P.O.W.s. While most died in prison camps, there was also the ‘Tiger
Death March’ where they killed a man a mile for almost 100 miles. As a very young man he had the presence
of mind to keep a record of the Heroes who died on the Death March and in the P.O.W. camps. When released
after the Armistice, he smuggled his list home in a tube of toothpaste. The list of names known as “The
Johnson List” can be seen on the internet. As a result of his actions, numerous families were able to have
final closure as to what happened to their loved ones who were listed as MIA’s. “May the Lord bless him
and may he rest in peace.” He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Ohio Military Hall of Fame
and the Korean P.O.W.’s.
His father, Archer L. Johnson preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (Kares)
Johnson of Lima, Ohio; two brothers, Roger Johnson, Sr. and wife, Carol of San Marcos, Texas, and Dean
Johnson and wife, Debi of Lima, Ohio; a sister, Karen Thomas of Lima, Ohio; several aunts; as well as
numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Fort Sam Houston National
Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Jones, Roy C.
Marine Down: F/2/7 Marine veteran and member of the Chosin Few, Roy Jones died May 30, 2005, in
Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces the death of Mr. Lewis Jordan, age 80, of Blairsville,
who passed away early Wednesday morning, March 14, 2012, at his home.
Lewis was a lifelong resident of Union County, and was born on Friday, February 5, 1932, a son of the
late Roy Jordan and the late Nettie Plott Jordan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served during the
Korean War from 1952- 1954. Lewis was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954 and earned the Combat
Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and on the 50th
anniversary of the Korean War He received a letter of appreciation from Kim Dae-Jung, president of the
Republic of Korea, and a new Korean Service Medal.
Lewis was well-known in Blairsville. he loved life and was an avid hunter, loved fishing, camping, and
time spent with friends. He was a masonry contractor, building with rock, brick, and block. He was an
active member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville where he faithfully served as Usher for over 20
years. He was also a member of the Boaz Sunday School Class and served on the building and grounds
committee including the committee for the new sanctuary.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Harris, Betty Harris, and Bennie
Thomas, and a brother, Tom Jordan.
Lewis will be missed by all who knew him, but especially his loving family: wife, Joyce Richey Wheeler
Jordan, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Vernice Jordan, of Blairsville; daughter and
son-in-law, Vickie and Terry Gibson, of Hiawassee; step-sons, Michael Wheeler, of Nashville, Tennessee;
and Stephen Wheeler, of Marietta, Georgia. several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Lewis have been scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., in the Rock
Chapel of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, with Dr. Fred Lodge, and Rev. Danny Parris officiating.
Graveside services will be held at Union Memory Gardens Cemetery, and officiated by Rev. Roy Bateman, and
military honors will be presented by North Georgia Honor Guard. Specially selected music will be presented
by Minister of Music R. Terry Hooper. The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers:
Spencer Lewis, Neal Moon, C.W. Johnson, Fred Roberts, Charles Jenkins, and Jim Stewart. The family will
meet with friends on Friday before the service at the Rock Chapel, between the hours of 11:00 until 12:30.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of
Blairsville, or to United Hospice of Blue Ridge.