William "Pep" Jahns

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William Jahns

AGE: 98 • Whiting

William "Pep" Jahns, 98, a native Staten Islander born and raised in Kreisherville, now known as Charleston, passed away in peace surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Pines of Whiting.

A retired N.Y.C. Sanitation man and Pioneer Bus driver, he also drove a bus for Village I in his retirement when he moved to Whiting in 1982. A WWII veteran, he served with the 142nd Infantry and saw action in Europe where he was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver and Bronze Star along with many other medals. He joined the National Guard in the 30's and drilled on horseback at the Manor Road Armory. Pep was a member of the Staten Island Guardsman Calvary, Old Guard, and American Legion 502. In his prime, he was a well-known baseball player on Staten Island playing with Rheinhardts, Gulf Oilers with the former Bobby Thompson. He loved and played all sports. He was always on the dance floor and when it came to singing old tunes he was the last to leave. Pep and his wife, the former June Franklin were just shy 2 months of celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary.

He is also survived by his son and wife, Bill and Lynn Jahns; daughter Janice Jahns Burk, granddaughters Crystal and Lori Jahns and former daughter-in-law Linda Jahns, grandsons Charles Burk and Staff Sergeant John Burk. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Bella and David Burk; a sister, Ruth Kelly in Fla and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at "The Family Owned" Carmona Bolen Home for Funerals, 66 Lacey Road, Whiting. On Thursday, June 19, a funeral service will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the N.J. Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in William's name to America's Keswick, 601 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759.

Funeral Home
Carmona-Bolen Home For Funerals
66 Lacey Rd. Whiting, NJ 08759
(732) 350-0003
Funeral Home Details
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 17, 2014
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