John A Fejes, Sr. of Anchorage passed away in his sleep on September 21, 2013 at Providence Transitional Care Center. John was born November 29, 1919 in Westmoreland City, Pennsylvania to John and Susannah Fejes, the oldest of their six children. His early years were spent working hard on the family farm in addition to fishing, hunting, and trapping when time allowed. He enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 22 and was a navigator/gunner on the A-20 Havocs and A-26 Invaders with the 668th bomb squadron of the 416th bombardment group, 9th Air Force in WW II. He flew in the D-day invasion over Normandy, was shot down three times during his missions, and earned many service medals including the Purple Heart.
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After returning home from the war, John married his high school sweetheart Katherine S. McAlister in 1946. In May of 1950 they loaded up and drove to Anchorage, AK to start an adventurous life together, first living "out of town" on Fireweed Lane before moving to South Anchorage. Working as a Union Carpenter in the summer on many original Anchorage buildings and trapping furs in the winter, John and Katherine eked out an existence while raising four children. In the late 1950's John staked a Federal Homestead in the Goose Bay area where he enjoyed growing hay, vegetables and flowers. He was still able to drive his tractor and bale hay up to the age of 92.
In his retirement years he loved to meet with his past co-workers to drink coffee and swap stories. A regular at Judy's Cafe, he made many friends including the staff.
John is survived by his children: John Jr. (Michele), Kathleen (Pat), Robert (Diane) and William (Cheryl) and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine.
A burial at Fort Richardson with military honors will be held on Oct 4 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the Alaska Veterans' Museum 333 W 4th Ave, 99501 or www.AlaskaVeterans.com.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Kehl's Chapel.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013