Joseph Adam Mishkofski, Sr.|
Virginia Beach - Joseph Adam Mishkofski, Sr. passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 25, 2014 in Virginia Beach, Va, at the age of 84. He was a retired US Coast Guard Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 04 with a combined 36 years active and reserve service.
After a hard fight, he lost his battle with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's disease.
Joe was born December 16, 1929 in McAdoo, Pennsylvania. He graduated from West Hazleton High School in 1947 and served in the US Army Security Agency until being moved into the new US Air Force in what would be later called the Air Intelligence Agency. He served cold war assignments in Berlin, GE and Thule, Greenland. He flew in the Berlin Airlift. He left the service to attend Penn State University but was recalled to active duty following the beginning of the Korean War in 1950. He then had a military career that led him to the US Coast Guard Reserve, where he graduated from the Puget Sound Search and Rescue (SAR) School and was a SAR watch officer. Later he was an exercise planner, concluding with designing the opposing forces for exercise SOLID SHIELD 1985.
As a civilian, he was the service manager for Old Dominion Uniform Service in Norfolk, VA, now a part of UniFirst Corporation.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Anna Mishkofski, and by his sisters Rita and Mary Alice.
He enjoyed the challenge of raising three children with his wife Nell Marie, and served as a long time community football coach in Thalia-Birchwood-Malibu. He enjoyed fishing on the Emerald Isle at Atlantic Beach, NC. He liked cats. He was a devoted father, husband and son. He was Roman Catholic.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie, sons Tim (Stephenie) and Joe (Janet), daughter Anne, and nieces and nephews.
Cremation is planned, with help from The Cremation Society of Virginia.
At a later date, there will be a celebration of his life for family and friends. He will then be buried at the Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.
The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice Services for the compassionate care they gave our father.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patriot Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850, who provides free of low cost lodging to veterans and families receiving treatment at medical facilities. Link: http://www.fisherhouse.org/
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 28, 2014