Paul G. Janssen

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Paul G. Janssen PALMYRA Paul Gaige Janssen, 86, passed on to God's Kingdom on Monday, February 18, 2013, at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra. A son of Albert and Nina Janssen, he was born in 1926 and raised in the farming community of Knox, N.Y. Serving over 31 years in the United State Marine Corps, he was a decorated World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veteran. He retired in 1975 as a Full Colonel, and then embarked on a 24 year career as a Corporate Learjet Pilot for numerous firms. He is survived by his wife, the former Navy Wave Jean Claire Sacks of Hellertown. They were married over 61 years. They have three children, daughter, Thalia Jeanne Hagerup and her husband, Jack of Dranesville, Va., son, Paul Gaige Janssen, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl of Doylestown, and son, David Gaige Janssen and his wife, Lisa of Hershey. Paul has nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren and a third on the way. They all adored and loved their Grandpa. Paul proudly served his country as an infantry Marine on the islands of Bougainville and Okinawa in World War II and was wounded in both campaigns. He entered Navy flight school in Pensacola, Fla., when the Korean Conflict began and served one extended tour of duty, flying 117 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served two tours in Vietnam, the last in 1973-1974 in Command of Marine Air Group 12 at Iwakuni, Japan. His Christian faith and church service were as important to him as his service to his country. A life-long Lutheran, he served many roles in numerous churches throughout his post Marine life. Above all, he enjoyed providing for and spending time with his family, and his family will love him forever. Guest visitation will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Buse Funeral Home, 145 N. Grant St., Palmyra 17078 (717) 838-7034. A brief memorial service will follow. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date. The family asks that any donations be made to the Wounded Warrior project at Condolences may be shared at
Published in Lebanon Daily News on Feb. 20, 2013
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