John R. Dulas

John R. Dulas
Resident of Santa Cruz
John R. Dulas, age 98, died peacefully on December 21, 2013. He was born in Turtle Creek, Pa. A veteran of World War II, he served as the Intelligence Staff Sgt. with the Troop Carrier Command in Africa, Sicily, England and France. His squadron dropped paratroops in the invasion of Sicily in 1943 and on Normandy in 1944. Weeks before entering the service he married the love of his life, Eileen Hunter to whom he was devoted for 71 years. John was a great dancer and he and Eileen could "cut a rug" well into their 90's.
After 38 months of service he returned to his hometown of Turtle Creek where he held an executive position with a retail furniture chain. He retired in 1979 as officer/director of the company. He was the first president of the Turtle Creek Kiwanis Club and director of the Chamber of Commerce. After retirement he moved to Sarasota, Florida and lived there for 17 years enjoying life and playing golf. In 2003 he and Eileen moved to Dominican Oaks in Santa Cruz where he lived for 10 years. John knew the name of every resident and all the staff and always greeted them by name and with his wonderful smile.
John is survived by his wife, Eileen, daughter Nancy Wainer and husband Mark, of Soquel, daughter Deborah Jacobs and husband Joel of Carlisle, PA, son John Dulas and wife Barbara of Shanghai, China and grandchildren Andrew and Tim Wainer, Matthew and Michael Dulas and Cassie Jacobs.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Dominican Oaks on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice of Santa Cruz are appreciated.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 27, 2013