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U.S. Army SGT Juha Paljarvi

June 27, 1973 ~ October 23, 2017 (age 44)

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U.S. Army SGT Juha Tapio Paljarvi, 44, stationed at Ft. Bragg, originally from Falls Church, VA, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017.

He was born in Bryan College Station, TX on June 27, 1973, to Maiju and Jukka Paljarvi.  Throughout his life he has had the opportunity to travel allowing him to study history and he especially loved the history of his home country, Finland.  He loved the arts, music, nature, camping, and cooking with his kids.  Juha and Lynn accepted Christ in their lives and were baptized in November of 2014, and they attended Liberty Baptist Church in Spring Lake.

Left to cherish Juha’s memory are his wife of 6 years, Lynn; children, Matthew, Aili, and Aksel;  grandmother, Helvi Paljarvi; parents, Maiju and Jukka Paljarvi; sisters, Maijukka Cleveland and husband Dave, Maria Bussard and husband Chris; brother, Martti Paljarvi and wife Carol; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Ruth. He also leaves behind many dear friends from all over the world.

The family will receive friends from on Monday the 6th of November from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service.  A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday the 7th of November at 11:00 a.m. at Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service.  A Memorial Ceremony will be held at John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel at Fort Bragg on Thursday, the 9th of November at 9:00 a.m.  Inurnment will follow at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honorary Pall bearers will be friends of Juha from the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, Airborne. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fisher House, at or the Fisher House 3120 Loop Road, Ft. Bragg, NC  28307.

Online condolences may be made at

Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.

 Service Information

November 6, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service

Funeral Service
November 7, 2017

11:00 AM
Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service

Memorial Service
November 9, 2017

9:00 AM
JFK Memorial Chapel

Fort Bragg, NC 28307

November 29, 2017

10:00 AM
Arlingtion National Cemetery
1 Memorial Ave.
Arlington, VA 22211

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