John Robert Dmytro, husband of longtime Dearborn City Councilwoman Nancy Hubbard, died June 7 at the age of 89.
A memorial celebration will be held in the Fairlane Room at the Dearborn Inn at 1 p.m. July 7. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Dmytro was born on Dec. 1, 1923, in Cleveland to Antoinette Kapsi and Dmytro Dmytryshyn. He graduated from Hamtramck High School and continued his education at Stanford Connecticut University.
He was a World War I veteran who served in the Army as a side gunner on a B24 bomber in the 760th Bombardment Squadron, 460th Bombardment Group. As a staff sergeant, his plane was shot down behind enemy lines near Hamburg, Germany. He was missing in action for 73 days.
Medals he was awarded include the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and Distinguished Unit Emblem.
After the war, Dmytro worked for RCA Victor promoting various recording artists that included Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher, and the McGuire Sisters. He later retired from Ford Motor Co. as an analyst.
Dmytro leaves his wife, Nancy; daughter, Nancy Dmytro Costello; sons John (Barton) and Jeff Dmytro; dauther-in-law Sherry Batelic Dmytro; son-in-law, Tom Costello; and grandsons Ryan and Jack Costello.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL, 32256.