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1933-2013 CHARLESTON, SC Lt Col. Joseph Steve Siniuk, (Ret.), 80 of Greenbriar Lane, a native of Dummerston, Vermont died peacefully early Sunday morning, September 22, 2013 at The Hospice House in Mount Pleasant, S.C. following a brief illness. He was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on March 29, 1933 the son of John and Barbara (Seniuk) Siniuk. He was raised in Dummerston attending the Wheeler School later moving to Brattleboro with his family in the spring of 1942. He also attended Green Street School and graduated with honors from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1951. While in high school he lettered in baseball, basketball and football and was a member of the 1950 state championship varsity football team. Mr. Siniuk went on to attend the University of Vermont's ROTC Program for two years (1951-1952) prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1954. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He was stationed abroad in Greenland, Naha Air Base in Okinawa where he served as Commander of the Radar Evaluation Detachment for all of Southeast Asia. He was a member of the famed Blindbat aircrews that flew secretive covert night missions over Laos and Vietnam. A later assignment included Incirlik AB Turkey and cargo airlifts to Cambodia and Vietnam. He retired from the Air Force in August of 1983 at the rank of Lt Colonel following almost 30 years and 15,000 hours of flying time. He had been a resident of Charleston since 1970 and previously resided in Greenville, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Following his retirement from the Air Force he continued his education and earned three technical degrees from Trident Technical College in Charleston that included horticulture, industrial electronics and air conditioning systems. A quiet unassuming man he was known for his spirit of kindness and devotion to his family. Of his pastimes and interests, he enjoyed puttering in his yard; his annual monthly visits back home to Brattleboro, and attending the annual Jones family reunions in Spartanburg, (Cowpens), South Carolina. Mr. Siniuk held an unwavering loyalty to Notre Dame sports and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. His life centered around his family and he cherished time spent with them, especially his two grandchildren. On February 19, 1961 in Greenville, S.C. he was married to Berniece Jones. His faithful and devoted wife of 42 years predeceased him in 2003. Survivors include his two daughters, Barbara Wagner of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Stacia Cadmus and her husband Edward E. Cadmus III of Washington, D.C., his two grandchildren, Sasha and Quinn Wagner, a half-brother, Michael Atamaniuk of Brattleboro, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Additionally he leaves a host of friends in the greater Brattleboro area that includes former longtime BHS varsity coach Andrew "Andy" Natowich. He was predeceased by one sister, Virginia "Ginny" Johnson, one brother Francis Siniuk who died in infancy, a half-sister, Mary Atamaniuk, and two half-brothers, John Atomanuk and Peter Atamaniuk. Graveside Committal Rites with full military honors will be conducted at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service for family and friends in the Brattleboro area will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions in Joseph Siniuk's name may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, John Blake Chapter #15, 603 Red Water Brook Road, Claremont, N.H. 03743. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the Siniuk family please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Local arrangements in Brattleboro are under the direction of his nephew, Michael Atamaniuk at Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
Atamaniuk Funeral Home
40 Terrace Street Brattleboro, VT 05301-2923
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 28, 2013