XENIA — John Edward Erd, 90, Xenia, Ohio, and New Port Richey, Florida, passed to the next life on December 25, 2013. John was born in Springfield, OH, on April 15, 1923, to William Frank and Francis "Dollie" (Bayless) Erd. John was a graduate of Springfield High School in 1941 and worked at Patterson Field prior to joining the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 as an aviation cadet and graduating as a second lieutenant. He served as a B-25 pilot in the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theatre. He flew missions from New Guinea to Japan and escorted the United States delegation that signed the "cease fire" agreement on the USS Missouri off the coast of Ie shima. He continued his service during the occupation of Japan and returned to the United States as a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve until 1955. John earned several awards during his military career including American Theatre Ribbon, A-P Theatre Ribbon, three Bronze Battle Stars, two Overseas Service Bars, a Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Ribbon. John came to Xenia in 1948 as a loan officer for the American Loan and Realty Co. and then moved to the Xenia National Bank as a loan officer. From there, he was recruited by American Realty Service Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee. He optioned and developed numerous Ohio lakeside communities including Shawnee Hills, Choctaw Lake, and Lakengren. In addition, he developed waterfront real estate divisions in Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana. In 1971, John established Rec-Land, Inc. which he operated for over forty years.John was a life member of Benevolent Professional Order of the Elks #668, Fraternal Order of Eagles 1689, American Legion Post 155 Jamestown, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2402, Amvets Post 14, and a long-term member of the Scottish Rite Masons, Grand Lodge F& AM of Ohio #49, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1629, Shriners International, and Marine Corps League #567. John loved the land and the outdoors and owned a farm in Jamestown for many years. He enjoyed hunting, camping, horse racing, and numerous sports. He was an avid fan of both the Bengals and the Reds as well as being an excellent golfer. John made a terrific impact on the lives of everyone he met. His favorite comment was "If I died tomorrow, I haven't missed anything." He was a supporter of various charities including the Greene County Farm Bureau, Greene County 4-H, and the Pegasus Foundation in Florida. John was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen Sue Erd, and by the mother of his children, Betty L. Erd. He is survived by two daughters Teresa Marie Erd, Richmond, IN; Pamela Sue Erd, Centerville, OH; one son John William Erd, New Port Richey, FL; two grandchildren Joseph David Erd, Palm Harbor, Florida; Stacy Ann Erd, Brandon, Florida; and special friend and companion Vicki Huff, Xenia, OH, and New Port Richey, FL, and her daughter Heather Huff, Xenia, OH. Visitation will be held at Neeld Funeral Home on Thursday, January 2, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. with services immediately following at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Silvercreek Township Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to HPH Hospice, 6801 Rowan Rd., New Port Richey, FL, 34653, or to a
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