Mitch P. Kozokas

Mitch P. Kozokas, 65, of Wyoming passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Swoyersville on Nov. 7, 1947, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna Kozokas.

Mitch was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be extremely missed by all who knew him. He enjoyed working as a millwright until his retirement from the carpenters union. One of his proudest moments was when he built his home in Laceyville, where he spent much of his free time hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Mitch served in Korea during the Vietnam era, serving honorably in the U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 644, Swoyersville, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, Kingston, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a fireman for Wyoming Hose Company No. 2, serving on the board of directors. He was a member of St. Monica's Parish, Wyoming.

Surviving are his wife, the former Diana Sallitt, with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage in August 2012; daughter, Amy, Wyoming; sons, Eric and his wife, Dana, Phoenixville; and Steven, Wyoming; grandson, Xander; sister, Bernie Urban and husband, Kerry, Luzerne; a great-nephew, Maks; many nieces, nephews, friends and his companions, Pete and Pepper.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Geisinger Cancer Center, and a special thank you to Dr. Ali, and the Veterans Medical Center for their support and compassion.

The funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church, Sixth Street, Wyoming. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 3, 2013