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ERNEST JANSCH Ernest August Jansch was born May 29, 1923 in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents, Martha and August Jansch, the youngest of six children. He served as the school photographer and graduated from Souderton High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in the 328th Infantry Company, 26-th Infantry Division, the Yankee Div in General Patton's 3rd Army. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent in 1945. His honors include: 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts, Army Good Conduct, American Defense, American Campaign, E.T.O Campaign - 4 battle stars, WWII Victory Medal, WWII Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, WWII Battle of the Bulge, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Belgras Croix De Guerre Medal. He went to college on the GI Bill to become an electronics engineer. He worked on some of the first computers, receiving several patents for his work on the bank checks' magnetic ink technology. During the 1960's he was employed at Burroughs Corp. working on the Mercury program guidance computer. Ernie enjoyed nature, flowers, fishing, family, and writing poetry. He was married to Elizabeth Rathgeber until 1973. They had three daughters, Margaret, Nancy and Barbara. He married Martha Milburne in 1985 and spent the rest of his life with her. He also enjoyed an Honor Flight for WWII veterans to Washington DC in 2011. He died June 17, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in Raleigh from complications from pneumonia. He is preceded in death by his wife, Martha ; his parents; brother Paul; sisters, Gertrude, Elsie and Helen; and daughter, Barbara. He is survived by his sister, Martha Magargal, of Pennsylvania; daughters, Margaret Rogers of Montana; and Nancy Wills of North Carolina; five grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. Cremation and memorial services have taken place in Raleigh, NC. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published in The Reporter on June 23, 2012
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