Donald P. Julian
Donald P. Julian 1921-2016 Age 94 of Canton passed away Friday Sept.16, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. He was born Sept. 29, 1921 to the late Dominick and Lucia (nee Cerreta) Julian. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years,Janet Marilyn (nee Renner) Julian;a son Daniel Bryan; a brother Robert Louis and his wife Mary ; a nephew Robert L. Jr.; a sister Elizabeth Jean (nee Julian) Rossi; his father and mother in- law Bert Bryan and Erma Zoa (nee Sweany) Renner; a brother -in- law Fred W. and wife Wanda Renner; sister in-law Ruth Belle and Joseph D. Hojenski; a niece Jana Lea and her husband Alan Bialko. Survivors include sons Timothy John and Peter Donald Julian; grandchildren Justin James and Kayla Lynn Julian; a nephew David Louis and his daughters Marissa and Ashley Julian; brother in-law Marion Rossi; nephews Joel R. and Dana F. Hojenski; and a niece Melissa Bialko. Donald was a 1940 graduate of Lehman High School. Where he earned the nickname "Buck" or affectionately by some as "Bucky" for his tenacious style and athleticism as a halback on the football team. He worked at his family's business the Julian Quality Fruit and Vegetable Co. in Canton. After the country declared war he volunteered for service and was chosen and trained as a pilot in the Army Air Corp eventually earning the rank of Captain in the 866th Bombardment Squadron of the 494th Heavy Bombardment Group or "Kelly's Cobras". The last of the B-24 Liberator group to be dispatched to the Pacific Theater and allocated to the Seventh Air Force. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts,the Air Medal, and campaign battle stars. Returning home he enrolled at Ohio University, majored in business administration and pledged to Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He married in 1948 and raised three sons in Plain Township. His business career included employment with Raytheon, the Zurick Insurance Co. and the Lumberman Mutual Insurance Co. Although he was forlorn at the passing of his wife he was committed to vigorously accepting the challenges and turning points as new chapters in life.He instilled that same philosophy in his family and lived by the adage bestowed upon him," As long as there is a chance ' Buck" is in there fighting. Private graveside services and internment were held Oct. 8th, 2016 at Westlawn Cemetery.
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