Additionally Carl served in the Army Air Force for 3 years during World War II. Carl volunteered for Military Service in 1942, enlisting in the Army Air Corps. After completing 7 weeks of aerial gunnery training, he was assigned as a Dorsal-Gunner (top Turret) in the B-26 “Marauder” Bomber. Carl completed 59 combat missions throughout the European Theater, and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Carl was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, 2 Bronze Battle Stars, 1 Overseas Service Bar, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Carl was a member of the American Legion Post 317 and also belonged to the DAV. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was predeceased by his wife Rosemary of 56 years in 2004. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and John and by his sisters, Helen, Catherine, and Marie.
Survivors include; a son, Carl Jr. of Baldwinsville, a daughter Carol “Sue” (William) Stephenson of Auburn, a grandson, Neil Van Scoy and his wife Leah of Rockaway, NJ, a granddaughter, Sarah McPeck and husband Dan of Auburn and 3 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Evan and Allison. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Frances Teahan of Rochester as well as many nieces and nephews.
Carl’s family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire medical and support staff at the Syracuse VA for the complete, professional care given to their father for many, many years.
Also a sincere thanks to the entire 8th floor CLC staff for the expert care, comfort and compassion given to him during his recent stay.
Services will be held on Friday, May 1st, at 9:00am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. With burial in St. Mary’s cemetery, Skaneateles. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Seton Food Pantry, Rt. 31, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 or The 8th Floor Community Living Center (CLC) at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY 13210. Or to the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry
819 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152.
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