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MARSHALL, Ill. - John D. Lahman, age 80, of Paris, formerly of Marshall, passed away at 2:25 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2017, at Paris Community Hospital in Paris. He was born on Jan. 13, 1937, in Amboy, to Russell and Ada Ruth (Reubin) Lahman.
He married Mary Elaine Schmidt, who preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2008. He then married Sara J. Pearman on Nov. 27, 2009.
He was a retired air traffic controller, who had also served for 20 years in the military.
He is survived by his wife, Sara of Paris; one son, Wesley Lahman of Marshall; one grandson, Bryce Lahman of Coatesville, Ind.; two step children, Rosalyn Davis of Avon, Ind., and Brad Davis of Mattoon; three brothers, Jim Lahman, Bob Lahman, and Paul Lahman; three sisters, Donna Wellman, Marguerite Daniels and Marge Jackson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one son, Douglas John Lahman; two brothers, Russell Lahman and Larry Lahman; and one sister, Ruth Jones.
He served for 20 years first in the Air force for 12, and eight years in the Army. In the Air Force JD was a tail gunner on a B-52 and during his time in the Army he served as a helicopter pilot and instructor. He completed one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, accumulating 6,000 hours of flight time which included 2,000 hours of combat flight time. While in the military he earned the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Numeral 24, Good Conduct Medal and Clasp Bronze 2 loops, National Defense service medal, Vietnam Service medal and Silver Star attachment, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar, Army Aviator Senior Badge. He was a life member of the Marshall Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5975, where he held many offices with honor, Paris American Legion Post 211, Amvets, Tail gunners Association and he was also an avid golfer.
Services will be held at the Pearce Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at 3 p.m. CDT, with the Rev Joe Tomich officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Clark County American Legion Post 90 and VFW Post 5975. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date in the Marshall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to D.O. I. T. fund. Online condolences may be expressed at: pearcefuneralservices.com
Published on September 18, 2017
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