John H. Bahrs, a Calverton resident for 23 years until 2010, died Sept. 30 in Portland, Ore., at the age of 96.
He was born in New York City to Henry and Anna (Klingener) Bahrs. He served in the U.S. Army, 75th Division, Combat Engineers, in the Ardennes (The Battle of the Bulge), Central Europe and the Rhineland. His decorations and citations included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, American Service Medal, EAME Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
He worked as a lead machinist at Kollsman Instrument and as a supervisor with the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, from which he retired after 15 years.
Mr. Bahrs was an avid poker player and bowler, according to family members, who called him “Happy Days Dad” because he always toasted to happy days. They said he had a wonderful smile and a caring and generous nature.
Predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Helen, and his son, John Jr., Mr. Bahrs is survived by his daughters, Karen Ritter of Portland and Susan Laietta of North Carolina; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will take place Thursday, Oct.13, at 2 p.m. at Calverton National Cemetery, with a reception to follow.
Donations in his memory may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, or VFW.org.