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John Yuhas

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John Yuhas Obituary
John James Yuhas (1936 – 2018), age 81, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 27, 2018 after a valiant fight to recover from the stroke he suffered on August 17, 2017. After more than five months in various hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, he was able to spend his last day in a chair at home wearing his own clothes and watching his beloved westerns with a little whiskey on his lips. John was larger than life and was someone who did things his own way with his own language, special phrases known as "Dad-isms", most of which are hilarious but not suitable for printing. He was adept at finding a way to get what he wanted, sometimes getting more than needed in the process ("how about a few more for the grandkids" on giveaway days at the Atlanta Braves games) all with a sly smile. He played the lottery daily and won more often than not by using a system of numbers that were important to him. Although he slowed down a bit as of late, he was a creature of habit and had a routine that kept him busy. He was a founding member of VFW Post 5968 in Orange Park and, though not a man to call attention to his actions, he was very proud of his military service.
John was born in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania (now known as Jim Thorpe) to Stephen and Bertha Yuhas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 right out of high school. As an aviation specialist, his military service took him all over the world….he was stationed with his family in Japan, Maine, Pax River Maryland, Rota Spain, and finally in Jacksonville. Fond family adventures include traveling throughout Europe in a little, yellow VW Beetle with his wife and sons to visit the major sites, Sunday family softball league games wherever they were stationed, and attending Jaguar, Gator and Braves games. He fought bravely during the Vietnam War as part of the Project Trim unit and was awarded Four Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. John was involved in other conflicts while at sea including the attempted rescue during the Iran Hostage Crisis while aboard the USS Nimitz. He retired in 1984 as a Master Chief. Not content in retirement, John put his ability to fix anything to work in facility maintenance and was employed in various high rise buildings and churches around downtown, finally retiring for good in 2001.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving sweetheart of 57 years, Marilyn, his sons John, Jr. and Michael (Melissa), his grandsons Tyler (Julianne) and Christopher, his granddaughter and light of his later years, Olivia, his brother Stephen "Junior" and sister Anna Marie, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
John was strong, loyal and brave, especially for his family. His Catholic faith was a huge part of his life and he attended mass faithfully at St. Catherine in Orange Park, sitting in his regular spot in the back. Not one to mince words, you knew where you stood with him…he was tough but had a big heart. His passing has left a hole within his family and he will be missed beyond measure.
A funeral mass will be held for John on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10am at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park, Florida, officiated by Father Adam Izbicki. Following the mass, his ashes will be interred at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please support the , www.shrinershospitals.org or Wolfson Children's Hospital, www.wolfsonchildrens.org as a tribute to John.
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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 11, 2018
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