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DUSSAULT, John C. February 9,1926 - May 12,2013 John was born February 9, 1926 in Atchison, Kansas. He grew up in Purcell, Kansas and graduated from high school at age 17 and joined the US Navy. He was assigned to the USS Tennessee and saw action in the South Pacific in ten battles from Tinian to Tokyo. After the war, they sailed around the world to Philadelphia navy yard where he served out his enlistment. He married the love of his life, Helen Hilderbrand of Everest, Kansas on June 11, 1947. John graduated from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas with a BA in math and physics. He taught high school for 2 years and attended graduate school at Kansas University. Later he took aeronautical engineering at Wichita State, and Business Management at Alexander Hamilton Institute. He went to work for Cessna Aircraft in Wichita as a structural engineer in 1953 and became one of the world's foremost experts in aircraft structure. He was named a Vice-President and GM of McCauley Propeller, a division of Cessna in Dayton, Ohio. He retired after 30 years. He later took the position of Executive Director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He was an active member of 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He served as Charter Grand Knight, District Deputy and Faithful Navigator. During his years at Cessna he became a licensed pilot. He was a member of Quiet Birdman and past governor. He was member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and on the board of Nominations. A member for Aviation Trails in Dayton and past President. Past and current President of USS Tennessee Reunion Association. He is an active member of San Rafael Church. For the past 18 years he has volunteered for Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, a division of SDPD. John has a host of friends all over the country. He was well known throughout the aviation industry. He will be remembered by his love of country, endless enthusiasm and genuine friendship. He enjoyed telling his grandchildren and friends stories of World War II
. He loved being with family. He leaves his wife Helen of 65 years, 4 children; Jill (Tim) Thomas of Knoxville, TN, Joy (Bill) Norton, John M. (Louisa) Dussault, Jay E, all of San Diego area. 8 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 7 step great -grandchildren. 3 sisters, Pat (Wayne) Gilbert, Janet Antonson and Theresa Dussault, a sister and baby brother preceded him in death. Services Monday, May 20th, 11am at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center, Rancho Bernardo. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Father Joes Village, San Diego, Benedictine College Atchison, KS or USS Tennessee Museum Huntsville, TN.