Carl Alexander Justus, 95, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at home in Knoxville, TN.
Born Oct. 11, 1921, in New York City to Hungarian immigrants. Carl joined the Navy in 1938. Stationed on the USS Indianapolis near Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he was part of the crew that tied up the USS Arizona for the final time and then helped in the post-attack rescue and recovery operations. He served on several ships that experienced major battles of World War II, participating in the earning of 13 Battle Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.
After the war, Carl criss-crossed the globe in the Merchant Marines, earned a Geology degree from the University of Wisconsin on the GI Bill, searched for uranium in the American West, classified mollusks at the Smithsonian Institute and mapped the ocean floor (including discovering a seamount, Mt. Justus) as a 20-year member of the Naval Oceanographic Office.
Carl often described his life as one of two parts - before and after marriage. In 1966, he married Helen Ruth Kittle with whom he had two children. After a life of land and sea exploration, he embraced the simple pleasures of family, reading, crossword puzzles, golf and over-serving canine companions. Carl stayed connected with far-flung friends and relatives by serving more than 20 years as the benevolent commissioner of a low-stakes family football pool.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen; son, Roger; daughter, Elizabeth (Rob); granddaughters, Elinor and Josephine; brother, Ray (Dolores); nephew, Steve; nieces, Eve, Sue, Kristen and Julie; and a bevy of close-knit cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2017, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Published on January 9, 2017