John C. Pirro (1926 - 2017)

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John C. Pirro was born March 26, 1926, in Newark, N.J., where he lived for 40 years. John graduated from St. James High School on June 8, 1944.
The day after graduation, John was on a train to Fort Dix and was in the Army serving his country for more than two years. He spent one and a half years in Europe stationed in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia
and Belgium.
He was in combat for five months during World War II with the 80th Infantry Division in Gen. Patton's 3rd Army and, on his 19th birthday, Mr. Pirro crossed the Rhine River under fire.
Mr. Pirro received three battle stars, a combat infantry badge, a good conduct medal, a European African Middle Eastern campaign medal, an Army of Occupation medal and a World War II victory medal. Mr. Pirro was in Germany when the war ended.
After his discharge from the Army, John engaged in on-the-job training through the government for graphic arts. He was in the printing business for 48 years running printing presses and taking photos. He worked in printing in New Jersey, Vermont and Colorado, finishing his career at the Rocky Mountain News, where he managed the print shop for 17 years.
Mr. Pirro married Gloria Knapp in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 14, 1956, and they were married for 57 years before Gloria's death on Nov. 3, 2013, at 88 years of age. Mr. Pirro joined his bride in heaven on Dec. 15, 2017, at 91 years of age.
Mr. Pirro's funeral and burial will be held at Mount Olivet Chapel and Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Published in Canyon Courier on Dec. 20, 2017
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