Aug. 21, 1933 – Nov. 20, 2013
Julius V. “Jerry” Jurek, a retired business executive and a 31-year veteran of the Air Force, died Wednesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 80.
Mr. Jurek was born in Buffalo and moved with his family to Cheektowaga shortly thereafter. He graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School and East Aurora High School and attended the University of Buffalo prior to enlisting in the Air Force in 1952.
For the first 10 years of his Air Force career, Mr. Jurek was a maintenance technician and flight engineer on B-29 and B-36 bombers and KC-97 tanker aircraft, with Strategic Air Command.
He transferred to the Tactical Air Command in 1965, where he managed and directed combat air crew survival training, ground combat arms training, and ground weapons maintenance programs.
In June 1969, he was assigned to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters Tactical Air Command.
Mr. Jurek retired as chief, Combat Arms Branch, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, with the rank of chief master sergeant in August 1983. His decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Medal with Bronze Star, and presidential and unit citations and several service ribbons. He also was presented with the Secretary of Defense Award for Productivity Excellence by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.
Mr. Jurek was issued several patents for inventions he designed and developed, some of which were used by the U.S. military.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Jurek moved with his family to Williamsville. He joined the Doyle Group, a private security, investigative and building services company, as general manager of its Buffalo region in November 1983. He retired as vice president and general manager in December 1999.
He is survived by his wife, the former Charlotte E. Klein, whom he married in 1953; two sons, Russell and Thomas; five daughters, Jacqueline Smith, Vickie Lynn Servais, Julianne Jackson, Brenda Wilkerson and Elizabeth Filipiak; two brothers, Joseph and Adelbert; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.