Green Valley, Ariz. — Retired U.S. Air Force, Colonel Andrew A. Juhasz died peacefully at home, Jan. 6, 2013, following a long and adventurous life. His military career took him and his family all over the United States, North Africa, Europe and the Pacific.
Born in Detroit, Mich., March 7, 1916, he entered the Army Air Corps in 1941. Initially, a B-17 flight instructor, he flew B-29s in the Pacific during World War II. He was part of the longest bombing mission and piloted one of the planes that flew over the USS Missouri during the signing of the formal peace treaty with Japan. He served as Base Commander at Tinian, Saipan; Wendover AFB, Utah; and Ben Guerir AFB near Marrakash, Morocco. He also flew B-47s and B-52s, accumulating over 6,500 flying hours, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Merit, and was a lifetime member of the Order of Daedalians.
After many years of traveling, he and wife Beverly built their final retirement home in Green Valley, Ariz., in the 1980s. “Andy” had a love for the outdoors and nature. He was a long-time member of the GVR Hiking Club, receiving his 5,000-mile patch in 2005. He loved his time at the pool and his nightly walks. He was always busy tinkering on projects and built many beautiful pieces of furniture. He is fondly remembered as a grandfather who caught fire-flies with his grandchildren on hot summer nights in Ohio; who always let his grandson drive the tractor, and told his great-grandsons many wonderful stories about his Air Force adventures. Andy and Beverly were also members of the Green Valley Community Church.
He was a devoted and loving husband to the late, Beverly Marpe Juhasz, his wife of 59 years, and was also predeceased by parents, Brigitta (Szabo) and Andrew Joseph Juhasz; son, Andrew Jr., and brother Edward Lewis Juhasz.