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Obituaries > JABBUSCH, ARTHUR J.

Arthur J. Jabbusch, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004. He was born March 13, 1922, and was a native of Lorain, Ohio. He relocated to North Carolina just before World War II as a U.S. Marine where he met his future wife, Virginia Sugg Jabbusch of Snow Hill. Virginia preceded him in death. He was a member of the famed First Marine Raider Battalion, Edson’s Raiders, and was later attached to the Second Marine Division. He saw action during World War II against the Japanese in the Solomon Islands including, most notably, Guadalcanal. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps at the end of the war, he attended N.C. State University, where he graduated in 1949 having earned a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering. He retired early after a successful career as an executive at Pomona Corp. of Greensboro, where he performed duties as plant manager at both Greensboro and Gulf, pipe manufacturing facilities. He was a long time resident of Siler City, where he performed a number of volunteer services including president of Siler City Country Club, president of the local Rotary Club, Chatham Hospital Board and numerous other boards and committees. Since retirement, he divided his residency between homes in Snow Hill, and Beaufort where he has been an active member of both the Rainbow United Methodist Church in Snow Hill and the Merrimon United Methodist Church near his beach home in Beaufort. Always engaged in projects during retirement, he hand built a 42 foot trawler, Jennifer Ann, named after his granddaughter, which he operated as a hobby for a number of years until he donated it to the South River Rescue Squad to provide them with much needed funds. He and his wife, Virginia, spent their retirement years together traveling throughout the world and across the United States. At his request, his remains will be cremated, after which half of his ashes will be interred at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rainbow United Methodist Church in Snow Hill, adjacent to his wife, Virginia’s grave during a graveside service there. The remaining ashes will be scattered over the waters of the Pamlico Sound and South River, which were so dear to him during the last 30 years of his life. Art is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John A. Jabbusch and Susan E. Jabbusch of Siler City; daughter, Denise M. Jabbusch of Greensboro; granddaughter, Jennifer Ann Jabbusch of Apex. The graveside service to be held at Rainbow Church is planned for Saturday. His remaining ashes will be scattered over the waters near Sportsman’s Village in a private ceremony. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Art’s name to the above named churches or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home.