June 12, 2012
Leroy W. Janson, P.E., of Wesley Village United Methodist Homes, Brooks Estate, Pittston, formerly of Clarks Green, died Tuesday evening, June 12, 2012, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He was the husband of Joyce H. Janson. They have celebrated 67 years of marriage.
Born in Stoughton, Mass., he was a son of Carl Eric Janson and Florence Canning Janson.
He attended high school in Franklin, N.H. He enrolled in Northeastern University in Boston, but soon volunteered for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew 35 combat missions as a bombardier/navigator in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Air Medal and three oak leaf clusters.
After separation from the service, he enrolled as an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated as a mechanical engineer with honors in 1948. He became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1955.
Before settling in the Abingtons in 1954 with his family, he had worked in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. From 1954 to 1989, he held engineering/manufacturing management responsibilities at Sprague and Henwood, and later at Acker Drill Co. In this period he obtained five U. S. patents. He was active in national and international standards committees involved with minerals and soils exploration, and held membership in several professional organizations. He is a Life Member of the A.S.M.E.
After retirement from Acker Drill Co. in 1989 he operated a part-time engineering consulting service under the name of Arjay Engineering and continued on a reduced basis into his late 80s.
He was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit and had served there as an elder. He was active in several Masonic organizations and was a 30-year member of Waverly Lodge F & A M.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Weiler and Evelyn Barrett.
In addition to his beloved wife, Joyce, he is survived by a son, Carl Edgar, Philadelphia; two daughters, Denise and husband Gary Zampano, Dalton; and Maj. Vicki (retired) and husband Maj. Dave Howell (retired), Church Creek, Md.; four grandchildren, Chris Janson, Dr. Kim Janson Campbell, Lori Zampano and Steve Zampano; great-grandson, Benjamin Campbell.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., Clarks Summit, by the Rev. William Carter, pastor. Friends may call from noon until time of service at the church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa.
Memorial donations in Leroy's name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or Wesley Village, Brooks Estate Office, Pittston, PA 18640.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.lawrenceeyoungfuneralhome.com.