Retired USAF Col. Andrew A. Juhasz died peacefully at home Jan. 6, 2013, following a long and adventurous life. His military career took him and his family all over the U.S., North Africa, Europe and the Pacific. Born in Detroit, Mich., March 7, 1916, he entered the Army Air Corps in 1941. Initially a B-17 flight instructor, he flew B-29s in the Pacific during WWII. He was part of the longest bombing mission and piloted one of the planes that flew over the USS Missouri during the signing of the formal peace treaty with Japan. He served as Base Commander at Tinian, Saipan; Wendover AFB, Utah; and Ben Buerir AFB near Marrakesh, Morocco. He also flew B-47s and B-52s, accumulating over 6,500 flying hours; was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Merit, and was a lifetime member of the Order of Daedalians.

After many years of traveling, he and wife Beverly built their final retirement home in Green Valley in the 1980s. "Andy" had a love for the outdoors and nature. He was a long-time member of the GVR Hiking Club, receiving his 5,000-mile patch in 2005. He loved his time at the pool and his nightly walks. He was always busy tinkering on projects and built many beautiful pieces of furniture. He is fondly remembered as a grandfather who caught fire-flies with his grandchildren on hot summer nights in Ohio, who always let his grandson drive the tractor, and told his great-grandsons many wonderful stores about his Air Force adventures. Andy and Beverly were also members of Green Valley Community Church.

He was a devoted and loving husband to the late Beverly Marpe Juhasz, his wife of 59 years, and was also predeceased by parents Brigitta (Szabo) and Andrew Joseph Juhasz; son Andrew Jr., and brother Edward Lewis Juhasz.

He is survived by daughter Jan (Whitmore) Canning, with whom he made his home; granddaughter Elizabeth Amaro and husband Sgt. David Amaro, and their three sons, Joshua, Dylan and Cody, of Copperas Cove, Texas; and grandson David Whitmore, wife Nicole and daughter Abigail, of Beverly, Mass. Also surviving are four nieces: Melinda Terry, Pamela Juhasz, Debbi Bumpers and Sandi Lindsay; nephews Doug and Ken Shaw, and dear friends Helen and Ed Zaukas, of Green Valley.

His family is grateful for the care and support from staff at Odyssey Hospice; neighbors Judy and Dick D'Angelo; and his caregiver, Carmen Cirerol, who cared for him with love, dignity and respect.

Private interment ceremonies will be at the Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H., at a later date.

Funeral Home

Bennett Funeral Home
209 North Main street Concord, NH 033015048
(603) 225-3517

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Jan. 13, 2013