John August Yusten

John A. Yusten of Ripley, NY died Sept. 9, 2013 at the Absolut Care in West-field, NY.

He was born in Dunkirk, NY on Oct. 22, 1920 to the late August J. and Nellie (Baker) Yusten.

Jack attended school in Westfield, NY and graduated in 1940.

He entered the service on July 22, 1942 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 11, 1946. He belonged to the Battalion Armor #55 Armored Engineers and was stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., and Fort Benning. In 1942, Jack was a Gunnery Instructor at the Armed Forces School in Fort Knox, KY. On Sept. 12, 1944, he was sent overseas to fight in the Europe-an Theater of Operations. He served in the Ardennes Theater of World War II in Central Europe and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge.” For his meritorious service during the war, he received the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle East Service Medal and the WWII Victory Service Medal, as a member of the Technical Headquarters Co. 55th Armored Engineering Battalion.

John retired from Copes Vulcan in 1982 and worked part-time on NYSTW until September 2005.

On Feb. 21, 1948, John married Tressa “Teddy” (Cross) and they became Ripley residents in 1950.

Jack is survived by two daughters, Carole (Yusten) Cotten of Dunkirk, NY and Barbara Mannix of Talkeetna, Alaska. He is also survived by grandchildren Kristin Lynn (Cotten) (Brad) Morris of Austin, TX, Shannon Lee (Cotten) (Barry) Hussar of Rochester, NY, Zachary August and Jacob Albert Mannix of Alaska; and great grandchildren, Andrew John and McKenna Elizabeth Hussar of Rochester, NY and Colton Greg and Caden Scott Morris of Austin, TX. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Joan Aron and Eleanor Beardsley.

He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Douglas, who died in 1950.

During his lifetime, Jack was very involved with community organizations and activities. He was a member of the Ripley Methodist Church. He also received the Pilgrim Highest Degree of Loyal Order of the Moose and was a member of the Fellowship and Legion of Moose, Ripley Kiwanis, Phi Mu Epsilon of Westfield, NY, Westfield Community Chorus, Erie Commodore Chorus, Ripley Rip Chord Quartet and the Fireside Four Quartet who won the National Competition in Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL. Jack enjoyed taking part in many Ripley shows and entertained many groups over the years. He also was an assistant at the Mathews Funeral Home in Ripley, NY.

John’s Funeral Service will be held at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 West Main St., in Ripley, NY on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service and may call at the funeral home from 1:00-4:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials in Jack’s memory to the Chautauqua Blind Association, 510 West Fifth St., Jamestown, NY 14701 and/or the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, c/o Peter Clark @ 2 West Main St., Fredonia, NY 14063 would be appreciated by the family.

All arrangements have been made by Mathews Funeral Home, 104 West Main St., Ripley, NY.