John Frank Luzader, of Bridgeport, West Virginia died on November 16, 2016.Mr. Luzader was born on February 19, 1922 in Barbour County, West Virginia to Carey Frank and Reverend Lois Ruth (Radabaugh) Luzader.
His father was a businessman in Grafton and his mother was one of the first seminary ordained women of the Evangelical United Brethren church and one of the first seminary ordained women in West Virginia. Enlisting in 1942 John served in the European Theater of the War seeing action at Normandy on June 6, 1944 through France and into the Hurtgen Forest where he was wounded in the fall of 1944.
He was sent home and married his wife Doris Jean (Bolyard) Luzader on January 9. , 1945. Returning to the University of West Virginia he earned his BA in History in 1947, a MA in 1949 and began his doctoral studies while holding a teaching fellowship on campus. He continued his studies at the University of Texas.From 1950 through 1951 he was a Professor of History at Salem College in Salem, West Virginia where he was hired by the Department of Defense as a Research Historian moving to Virginia. During this time he also was an Adjunct Lecturer in History at the University of Virginia and George Washington University.
In the early 1950’s he was hired by the United States National Park Service.From 1953 through 1984 he served as a Field Historian at Saratoga National Battlefield, Schuylerville, New York, an Adjunct Professor of History at State University of New York, a Field Historian for the C&O Canal at Hagerstown, Maryland, Research and Planning Curator for the, Branch of Museums, Springfield, Virginia, Staff Historian of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods, Washington, D.C., Chief of the Historic Preservation Division, Washington, D.C, and Denver, Colorado, finishing his National Park Service career as Bureau Historian in the Denver Service Center in 1984. His leadership and supervision oversaw the rejuvenation of numerous parks and established criteria and quality still utilized in the NPS. From the mid 1960’s through 1984 there are few NPS historic sites that did not have his teams working on them.
While working as the NPS Staff Historian he was the author of numerous mono-graphic history and historic structure studies as well as many booklets and books. These include Construction and Military History of Ft. Stanwix in 1969 and, Decision on the Hudson; 2002.Augmenting these works were numerous magazine articles and lectures throughout New York, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado and West Virginia.
In 2009, at the age of 86, Mr. Luzader had published the book Saratoga: A Military History of the Decisive Campaign of the American Revolution, a book that received critical acclaim as one of the finest resources on the battle of Saratoga and was described as one of the preeminent treatments of battle descriptions of the American Revolution.Mr. Luzader was also the recipient of various honors including the Combat Infantry Badge, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
In 1970, he was assigned as a special researcher for the National Park Service on the American Revolution, spending a year researching and coordinating materials in England, France and Germany while preparing for the National Park Service’s programming for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution and receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford in England.He is survived by his Wife, Doris Jean (Bolyard) Luzader of Elkins, West Virginia.
Children; Alice (Luzader) Cade and her husband, Jay Daniel Cade of Woodbridge, Virginia
John C.F. Luzader and his wife Lynda Kay (Tilsley) Luzader of Loveland, Colorado
David M.C. Luzader of Cheyenne, Wyoming
Grandchildren; Shannon (Cade) and her husband, Chad LaRon Mills, Sr., Woodbridge, Virginia
Heather (Luzader) and husband Robert Petersen of Fort Collins, Colorado
Jennifer Luzader-Umbach of Cheyenne, WyomingGreat Grand Children; Kylie M. Mejai, Danna G. Andrus III, Chad Laron Mills, Jr. Coraline Mills, Chase E. Umbach, Lydia K. Umbach, Ava Petersen, and Lana Petersen Two of his grandfathers fought in the Civil war, one Union and one Confederate.
Both were alive when Mr. Luzader was in high school and he was able to travel with his grandfather John W. Luzader in 1940 to many of the sites he had fought
.Graveside service will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00AM with Chaplain Randy Jennings officiating. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by the VFW Memorial City Post #3081, American Legion Taylor County #12, Central WVA Chapter 24, and their Auxiliaries, and the WV Army National Guard of Camp Dawson.
Bartlett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Luzader family.Online condolences can be sent to the Luzader family www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com