Paul John Kondos

Paul John Kondos lived his life as husband, father, grandfather, veteran, engineer, musician, world traveler, tennis player, woodworker, and as a muse and mentor to his family and friends. He lived his life with purpose, thoughtfulness, humor, and will never be forgotten by the family and friends who loved him.
He passed away in Butler on Thursday, and is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bonnie (Dearolph) Kondos, who he married on Nov. 15, 1957.
He also is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Kondos (Diego Pokropowicz) of Pittsburgh, Susan Kondos (Darryl Heavrin) of Struthers, Ohio, and Kris (Scott) Taggart of Butler; his five grandchildren, who he adored, Annissa (Matt) Neider, Hannah (Ryan) Taggart, Blaise (Alyx) Taggart, and Max and Cole Pokropowicz. He also had five Uram family nephews.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1930, in Lyndora, the son of the late Julia (Wojtyna) and Joseph Kondos.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Julie Uram.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a metallurgical engineering degree, and was the first recipient of the Verity Scholarship from Armco.
Upon graduation, he entered the Army as first lieutenant, where he served for two years.
After 42 years of service at Armco, he retired as the manager of materials and technology.
He played the saxophone and the clarinet in The Blue Aires Orchestra, a swing band, and was a life-long supporter of the arts and jazz. Paul's keen eye for design and architecture was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese culture. He volunteered at the Butler Public Library and the Ellen O'Brien Gaiser Center.
Lastly, he made a damn good gin and tonic.
KONDOS - The friends of Paul John Kondos, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Road, Meridian. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Butler.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable contributions be made to the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, 103 Bonnie Drive, Butler, PA 16002 or the Gaiser Center, 165 Old Plank Road, PO Box 2127, Butler, PA 16003.
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Geibel Funeral Home
201 E Cunningham St Butler, PA 16001
(724) 287-2123

Published in Butler Eagle on Dec. 6, 2013