Edward P. Konik of Colorado Springs, and previously Woodland Park, passed away peacefully with family at his side on March 6th, 2014.
He was born in New Britain, CT on October 13, 1916 to his parents Jozef and Emilia Konik. He served in the United States Army from 1936 until 1958 earning the rank of Major. During his years of P.O.W internment in the pacific, Ed survived the Bataan Death March, in addition to, the Oryoku Maru, Enoura Maru, and Brazil Maru Hell Ships. He earned the Purple Heart with subsequent Oak Leaf Clusters and the
Bronze Star. Upon retirement he settled with his family in Woodland Park, CO where he developed land and built houses. He was an early active member and contributor to Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Sharlet Hagan Konik (1922-1976) with whom he had four children. He was also preceded in death by four sisters; Helen Bukowski, Sophie Doubleday, Florence Wallace, and Cecilia Pilewski.
He is survived by his sister Reggie Bowles, and his children; David Edward, Ann Sage, Teresa Osborne (Reed), and Paul Christopher; eight grandchildren, Sharlet Sage, Christopher
Konik, Katie Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Joseph Konik, Dylan Konik, Sean Malcolm Konik, and Tessa Konik.
In 1979 Ed married Margaret Jordan, who survives. They settled in Colorado Springs where they enjoyed hosting many gatherings with their blended families including Marge's children; Don Jordan (Betsy), Dave Jordan (Sue), Kathy Nimz (Curt), and Karen Densmore (Brad).
Ed's grandchildren will fondly remember his stories of being a gymnast, boxing and playing water polo in the Army, and his fondness for the accordion and Polka. They spent many joyful seasons picking peaches from his backyard orchard.
A Viewing will be held Monday, March 10th, from 6 to 8pm at Blunt Mortuary. 2229 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. The Funeral Mass, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2030 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO will be Tuesday, March 11th at 10am. Burial will immediately follow at the Woodland Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 9, 2014
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