LT COL (Ret) John George SiranMay 8, 1925 ~ June 22, 2020 (age 95)
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John George Siran, a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and distinguished United States Army Air Corp and Air Force veteran, passed at home on June 22, 2020 surrounded by loved ones, prayer and Christmas Carols. John was born on May 8th, 1925 in Cicero, Illinois to George and Bessie Siran, and soon became the loving older brother of his siblings, George and Bess. As a young boy, John began work selling newspapers and working in his grandmother’s grocery store. He was residing with family in Chicago before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942, where he served 3 honorable years during World War II as a gunner on B-17 aircrafts.
After the war, John worked at Western Electric as a tool and die operator. He met the love of his life Dolores Piznarski and they were married on October 11, 1947. In 1950, John was recalled to active military service and accepted assignment to become a pilot in the recently formed United States Air Force.
His career as an Air Force pilot took John and Dolores to a variety of exciting and sometimes challenging places including: Ellington AFB in Houston, Texas, Spence AFB in Moultrie, Georgia, Vance AFB in Enid, Oklahoma, Selfridge AFB in Harrison Township, Michigan, Tripoloi AFB in North Africa, Incirlik AFB in Turkey, and Cannon AFB in Clovis, New Mexico, where he got his call sign “Dad” while training the cadets. During this time, John trained on and flew the AT-6 Wolverine, T-33 Shooting Star, F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre.
In 1960, John, Dolores and their six children were transferred to Germany where John served at Bitburg and Ramstein Air Force Bases. The family, now including eight children, moved back to the United States in 1964 and were stationed at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia where they welcomed their ninth child. While his family remained in Virginia, John was stationed at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida, Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Kunsan and Osan Air Force Bases in South Korea, where he flew the F-100 Super Sabre, and the F-105 Thunder Chief.
One of John’s major military accomplishments was to develop transcontinental, mid-air refueling tactics in response to the capture of the USS Pueblo allowing the US to mobilize around the globe within 72 hours. John flew the F-105 to North Korea using these tactics in response to the crisis. Another notable mission, was “Operation Mobile Zebra,” in which John flew a F-100D Super Sabre, to display the Air Force’s ability to mobilize their air fleet anywhere in the world. John’s final Air Force assignment was to George AFB in Victorville, California, where John distinguished himself as Chief of Pilot Standards and Evaluation and flew F-4 Phantom. John retired in 1974 from the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command, as a Lt. Col., after 32 years of honorable service during World War II, The Korean Conflict and The Vietnam War.
John’s attention to detail, his strong work ethic, natural leadership abilities, courage, sense of patriotism, and love for his country earned him many letters of recognition, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal and Air Force Commendation Medals.
Because of John’s love for mountains, snow and everything Christmas, he and Dolores chose to retire to beautiful Colorado Springs. John immediately earned his real estate license, which allowed him to share his love for home and family with others. John and Dolores’ own home was always filled with faith, music and year round Christmas Spirit. This love of Christmas led him to his dream job as the General Manager of the seasonal Saint Nick’s Christmas Stores.
In John’s spare time, he enjoyed playing the organ as the Vice President in the Rocky Mountain Pedals and Chords Organ Club, community service through the Colorado Springs Optimist Club, cross-stitch, embroidery, decorative tiling, furniture refurbishment, golf, tennis and fishing. He shared all these loves with his children and grandchildren. As a couple of great faith, both John and Dolores were active members of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church and School for 46 years. John loved to say his greatest accomplishment in life was his family.
He is survived by his beautiful, devoted wife of 72 years Dolores; his nine children, Phillip John of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Georgette Louise and husband Ken of Georgetown, Texas, John Phillip and wife Bonnie of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Louise Georgette and husband David of Monument, Colorado, Lynn Ann and husband David of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Edward Joseph and wife Sonya of Colorado Springs, Colorado, JoAnn Lynn and husband Michael of Edmond, Oklahoma, Mark Edward of Bend, Oregon, and Holly Lee and husband Richard of Williamsburg, Virginia; his sixteen grandchildren, Phillip John, Benjamin Thomas and wife Paige, Tyler Mark, Kelsey Marie, Nathan Lee and wife April, Meaghan Lynn, Marti Lea and husband Andy, Josh Edward and wife Melissa, Jennifer Taylor, Morgan Rae, John Edward and wife Melody, Brian Phillip, Joshua Michael and wife Vallan, Nicole Marie and husband Brandon, Thomas Anthony and Michael Gerard; his ten great-grandchildren, Landon Garrett (2012), Gunner David, Rylan Ann, Skylar Rayn, Falyn Jaye, Olivia Lee, Jude Edward, Reid Michael, Lucille Grace and Callynn Marie; his two siblings, George Stephen and Bess Suzana.
“DAD AND GRANDPA, WE LOVE YOU MORE!”
The Siran Family would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for those who cared for John and assisted the family in our time of need.
· Colorado Springs Nephrology
· Davita North Colorado Springs Dialysis
· Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care
· Corpus Christi Catholic Parish
· Father Brian Roeseler
· Deacon Rudy Gonzales
· Cappadona Funeral Home
During a time like this we realize how much our family and friends mean to us, your kind expressions of love and sympathy will always be remembered.