Lt. Col. Joseph P. Fuss, 84, of Hannibal died Friday at Oswego Hospital.
A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, he had resided in Hannibal since 1976. Lt. Col. Fuss retired in 1992 from Fulton Consolidated School where he taught Latin at G. Ray Bodley High School from 1980-92.
He retired as a Lt. Col. from the US Air Force in 1976. He had served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, in Greenland, Morocco, Guam and Germany and was stationed at several bases within the United States. He was an observer during the 1950’s when he flew in B-47 aircrafts. He then transferred into the Nuclear Weapons Division. He served with the 8th Air Force Headquarters, the 15th Air Force, 3rd Air Division, the U.S.A.F.E. Headquarters in Germany and retired as Commander of the 34th Munitions Maintenance Squadron at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.
Lt. Col. Fuss was a graduate of St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his B.A. in philosophy and received his master’s degree in school administration from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the Reserve Officers Association and the NYS Retired Teachers Association.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret Fuss.
Surviving: his wife of 52 years, the former Lucy Cook of Hannibal; four sons, Robert S. of Baldwinsville, J. Steven of Boston, MA, William A. of Rochester and Ronald P. of Cicero; a daughter, Susan M. Familo of Oswego; 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 923 Cayuga Street, Hannibal. Burial will be at Hannibal Village Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal.
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