James T. Bahus
James T. Bahus

May 8, 1925 - December 28, 2018
Born in West Virginia
Resided in Odenton, Maryland
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James (Jim) Bahus of Odenton, Maryland passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, the evening of December 28, 2018. He was born May 8, 1925 in Switzer, W. Virginia, the third child of Andras Toth Bahus and Julianna Bakos, Hungarian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. Raised in Ohio, he liked school and was especially adept at writing short stories, many of which were published in the local newspaper. His love of learning was passed along to his four children, whom he encouraged to get an education and go to college, which they all completed.

Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was subsequently stationed in Yokohama, where he met his wonderful wife, Sumie. He served in military intelligence as an expert translator and interpreter while stationed in Japan, Germany, Vietnam and the U.S. Gifted with languages, he was fluent in English, Hungarian, Czech, and Japanese. Meritorious service awards included the Bronze Star Medal, United Nations Service Medal; Korean Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1975 as a Specialist 7 after 25 years of active duty service.

After retiring from the Army, he enjoyed a second career as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Odenton, Maryland. He was beloved by his customers for his friendly manner and attentive concern for their mail deliveries. He received a commendation from the Post Office for his actions during a robbery at the Odenton Post Office in 1991. Jim had a wry sense of humor and told many jokes and puns with a deadpan delivery and a twinkle in his eye. Interested in Civil War history, he was a “Son of the Civil War.” After retiring from the postal service, he enjoyed traveling with Sumie throughout Great Britain and much of Europe. He was a long-time member of Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church and gave generously to many charities. He researched his family’s genealogy and was a member of Odenton Heritage Society. He liked feeding the birds, waging war against the squirrels and viewing the trees around his home. Jim especially loved spending time with his family and his wife Sumie, to whom he was a devoted husband for 65 years. He was a profoundly honorable, hardworking, and loving family man.

Jim is survived by his wife Sumie Sato Bahus; his four children, Frank (Kathy), Mary Bahus-Meyer (Channing), Sharon (Michael Weintraub) and Rita Sato Kusiak (Chuck)6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Juliana Balich (Mike) and their children Grace and Everett, Brenna Bahus, Alexander Bahus, Sharon Kusiak, Satori Bahus-Meyer and Anton Weintraub. His Ohio relatives include nephew Eric Bahus; and great-niece Juliana Rice Bailey and great-nephew Jeremy Bailey.

The family will greet friends from 3-7 p.m. January 4, 2019 at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road, Gambrills, MD and again from 10-11a.m., Saturday, January 5th, at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church, followed immediately by the funeral service. A reception will be held afterwards. A military interment will be held at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville on January 7, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

Flowers may be sent to Hardesty Funeral Home or donations made to the Disabled American Veterans organization in the name of James Bahus or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com.





Hardesty Funeral Home-Gambrills
851 Annapolis Road
Gambrills, MD US 21054
January 4, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church
1239 Murray Road
Odenton, MD US 21113
January 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church
1239 Murray Road
Odenton, MD US 21113
January 5, 2019
11:00 AM
Maryland Veteran's Cemetery Chapel
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD US 21032
January 7, 2019
11:30 AM


Disabled American Veteran's
PO Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301