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John Printup, printer, decorated veteran of WWII

Nov. 15, 1920 – Feb. 25, 2015

SANBORN – John Printup of the Tuscarora Nation, a longtime printer and a decorated veteran of World War II, died Wednesday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston. He was 94.

A member of the Turtle Clan who was born on the Tuscarora Reservation, Mr. Printup graduated from LaSalle High School. He served as a squad leader with D Company in the Army’s 5th Ranger Battalion and was in the invasion force that landed at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, on D-Day and participated in other European campaigns.

Among military honors earned by Mr. Printup earned were the Bronze Star, the American Order of the French Croix de Guerre and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and three presidential unit citations.

Before the war, Mr. Printup worked in construction for several companies, including Laural & Maack in Niagara Falls and Wurlitzer in North Tonawanda. After returning from the war, he was employed as a pressman at Moore Business Forms for 30 years and later became a supervisor at Niagara Printing, from which he retired in 1990.

He was a member of LaSalle Post 1142, American Legion, the National Ranger Association and the North East Chapter of Rangers. He enjoyed bowling, basketball and swimming.

His wife of 61 years, Peggy Wilkinson Printup, died in 2012. Surviving are two sons, Randall R. and Dr. John; a sister, Corliss Decker; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Tuscarora Baptist Church, 2208 Mount Hope Road, Sanborn.