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Cpl. John E. Rindosh
721st Squadron


Born in Erie February 2, 1926, he was a son of the late John W. and Ernestine (Detter) Rindosh.
A graduate of Academy High School, Class of 1944, he received a degree in Business Administration from Gannon College in 1949.
After enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II, he was stationed in Manduria, Italy with the 15th Air Force, 450th Bomb Group as a tail gunner on the B24 Bomber. On his seventh mission, his plane was shot down, and he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany from December 1944 until May 1945, when his crew was liberated from prison camp by General Patton’s tank troops. Jack was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal and P.O.W. Medal. Following an honorable discharge, he was employed by Felheim Heating and Roofing Company as general manager.
Later, in partnership with the late Philip Hanauer, he was co-owner of HANRIN, Inc. as a mechanical contractor.
He was a member of American Legion Post #742, and Saint Jude the Apostle Church, and a life member of Elk’s Lodge #67.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Helen (Yochim) Rindosh, whom he married June 7, 1947; a son, Robert J. (Bob) Rindosh, wife Kathy, of Erie; seven grandchildren, Adam, Aaron and Emily Rindosh, all of Orlando, FL, Pamela Schaffner, of Pittsburgh, PA, T.J. Schaffner, fiancee Kristine Kelly, of Chicago, IL, James C. Schaffner, and Melissa Fox, husband Tim, all of Erie. He is further survived by a son-in-law, James A. Schaffner; brothers-in-law, Anthony P. Yochim, wife Rita Ann, of Erie; sisters-in-law, Mimi Yochim, of Erie, and Mary Shauberger, of Norman, OK, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Marilyn Rindosh Schaffner, in 1983, and brothers-in-law, Robert Yochim and Thomas Yochim, and Edward Shauberger.



Information courtesy of Brugger Funeral Homes

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