More detail on this person: Lt. Col. John Falls, of Branchville, passed away on Monday, May 5,
2014, at Newton Medical Center, at 84 years of age. Born in Statesville, N.C., John moved to
Washington, D.C., during his early teenage years prior to moving to Jersey City, where he graduated
from high school in 1947 and lived until 1961. In 1961, he moved to Frankford Township, where he
resided until he was summoned to appear before St. Peter.
John retired from the United States Army on March 1, 1972, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Air Division as a highly decorated helicopter and airplane pilot. He served for 21 years including tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards, while participating in aerial flight. In 1985, he graduated summa cum laude from Upsala College, East Orange.
Lt. Col. Falls was a purchasing manager for various companies including Johnson and Johnson, the former Warner Lambert, National Medical Care and Limecrest Stone. Following his career in procurement, Lt. Col. Falls taught eighth grade general business and economics at the Rev. George A. Brown School, Sparta Township. Instead of embracing retirement, he decided to start a catering business, Le Concierge, with his wife, Dolores, in 1984. He was a gourmet cook, finished carpenter, and also built televisions as a hobby.
Lt. Col. Falls was a member of the American Legion Post 157, a devout member of the United Methodist Church of Branchville for over 50 years and a Board of Trustees member at Sussex County Community College for over 11 years. He enjoyed watching movies, gambling in Atlantic City and Mt. Airy Casino, as well as traveling to St. Maarten, where he loved to vacation for the past 36 years.
The son of the late Worth and Mary Steele Falls, Lt. Col. John Falls is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dolores A˘ÇoDeeeeA˘Ç Falls; daughter, Beverly Lynn Rose, of Bronx, N.Y.; stepdauughter, Sherri Lynn Whiteside, and husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Johnson, of Columbia, S.C., and Jeannette Cook, of Indianapolis, Ind.; niece, Lt. Cmdr. Medrina Gilliam, of Columbia, S.C.; and nephew, Reginald Johnson, of Washington, D.C.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the United Methodist Church of Branchville, 8 Broad St., Branchville. Visitation will be held Monday, May 12, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St., Branchville. The American Legion service will be held Monday at 8 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to United Methodist Church of Branchville, 8 Broad St., Branchville, NJ 07826. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.woodfuneralhome.net/
Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 9, 2014
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