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Full Name: Howard Duane Jespersen
Date of Death: Monday, March 18, 2024

Howard D. Jespersen 

Marine veteran, Flight Engineer, Longtime Morristown resident. 

Howard, 98, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024 at Cranes Mill, in West Caldwell New Jersey. 

Born in Spencer, Iowa and graduated from Spencer High School. 

Howard served In the Marine Corp during WWII.  He was part of the occupation forces in Japan, after they dropped the bomb on Nagasaki.  After service he attended an automotive and diesel course at Chicago Motive trades.  He went to school part time and worked at Skokie Valley Ice Cream store part time.  It was at Skokie where he met the love of his life, Lorraine.  They were married for 68 years until her death in 2016.   

After diesel school, Howard attended Spartan aviation school.   He worked for TWA in Kansas City in the overhaul base.  He was offered a job as Flight engineer at JFK Queens New York.  He flew international and domestic flights, his favorite equipment being the 747.    He joined the training department at Kennedy airport to train FE’s on the simulator also doing the line check of engineers.  

Howard was a boy scout leader when he first moved to New Jersey. 

Howard and Lorraine were long time members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Morris Plains. 

They became members of Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge and finally Calvary Lutheran in Verona, New Jersey.   

Always active, Howard loved his garden of which many friends and neighbors enjoyed his vegetables.  He was well known for his humor, easy smile and kindness. 

Howard is survived by his four daughters Joan (Joe) Alfaro, Franklin, TN, Sandra (George) Fake, Rockaway, NJ, Sue Ann (Paul) Sommo, New Providence, NJ, Carol (Kevin) Ike, Landing NJ.  His grandchildren Duane Thomas and Emma Ike.  His sister in laws, Jean Schwanebeck and Loretta Ward.  His many nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will  be announced at a later time.     

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Services will be private.




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