Hometown hero John Simanella is a World War II veteran who was stationed in England with the 389th Bomb Group. John was a gunner aboard a B-24 bomber from 1942-1945, during the height of World War II, and he flew 30 bombing missions over Germany’s Industrial Heartland known as the Ruhr Valley.
After the war, John got a degree in science and minored in philosophy; he married Shirley, his wife of 56 years, and together they raised 8 children.
John became an expert bowler, reaching an average of 215 and rolling four ‘300’ games; John instructed Cuyahoga Community College students on the skill of bowling and wrote a book titled “Simplified Bowling” available through the U.S. Bowling Congress.
Currently, John volunteers as a DJ at the Community Center in the city of Middleburg Heights, where he has been a resident since 1964.