Kenneth P. Juhl
34th Squadron, 17th Bomb Group
Kenneth Petersen Juhl, 90, of Lititz, walked into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Ken was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on December 21, 1916. He was the only child of Hans and Carrie Juhl.
In addition to Karen (Peterson) Juhl, his wife of 37 years, Ken is survived by five children: Mrs. Kristin J. (Ronald) Strongwater, Dallas, TX, Mr. K. Paul Juhl, Freeport, ME, Mr. Eric D. (April) Faber, Lancaster, Mrs. Kamala J. (Thomas) Graver, also of Lancaster, and Mr. Kevin D. (Rebecca) Juhl, Sinking Spring, PA. Ken is also survived by grandchildren, Gareth and Portia Faber, Olivia and Amanda Walters and Luke Juhl and one great-grandchild, Emma Faber. Also six adopted grandchildren, Landon, Hannah, Mariam, Emma, Kilian and Levi Weber of Lititz.
Ken graduated from Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa and attended two years of college at the former Iowa State Teacher's College, now known as the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. During WWII, Ken entered the United States Army Air Corps and spent two years as a bomber pilot.
While in flight school, Ken witnessed firsthand Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his men from the 34th Squadron training for the raid on Tokyo. From 1942 to 1943, Ken flew 40 combat missions in the Martin B-26 Marauder as a member of the 34th Squadron, 17th Bomb Group from bases in Tunisia, Corsica and Sardinia. After his combat tour, Ken was a test pilot and instructor for the Douglas A-26 Invader.
After his military service Ken entered into the manufacturing world as a mechanical design engineer and worked at the former Chamberlain Corp., Waterloo, Iowa, and Cherry Burrell in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ken was part of the teams that developed the ordinance for the 105 MM recoilless rifle and the NIKE warhead system. While living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ken continued his life-long passion of flying. He and some of his close friends built their own airplane. In 1969, Ken moved to Lancaster where he worke for the former Control Flo Company. Ken's last place of employment was with Woodson Inc., Lititz, PA. He retired in 2002 at the age of 84. Ken has many patents registered with the US Patent Office for equipment he designed over the years.
Until his illness, Ken was active at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Road, Lancaster, PA, on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, with call hours from 12:00 to 1:30 PM with the service following. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Memorial Garden, with military honors accorded by the Red Rose Honor Guard.