Chief Petty Officer Henry (Hank) Bolosky, 89, of Kingston died peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Chief Bolosky was born April 19, 1925, in Wilkes-Barre. He was the son of the late Emil Bolosky and Mary Karis Bolosky.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, being assigned throughout the Pacific Theater of Operations, having earned four battle stars for four major battles. Upon his release from active duty, he reaffiliated with the U.S. Naval Reserve, and during the Korean conflict was recalled to active duty in 1950. Again upon his release from active duty he remained active with the U.S. Naval Reserve for many years at the U.S. Reserve Center, Kingston, and was well known as the U.S. Naval Reserve recruiter. Chief Bolosky also served with the U.S. Naval Reserve Staff Headquarters, Fourth Naval District, Philadelphia, and with the Naval Reserve Staff Headquarters, Third Naval District, New York, N.Y. He was awarded the U.S. Naval Commendation Medal for his service during the Northeastern Pennsylvania Agnes Flood Disaster Relief Program while attached to the Naval Reserve Center, Avoca, as the station chief personnelman. He retired from active service on April 8, 1977, with 35 years of service, serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Having retired from the Philadelphia Naval Base, he had the opportunity of taking a civil service employment examination, which resulted in being hired and employed by the Department of Defense at the Wilkes-Barre Military Processing Station. He was affiliated with the Wilkes-Barre Military Entrance Processing Station Armed Services Vocational Battery Program for Northeastern Pennsylvania with 123 schools under the command of Maj. Schneck, U.S. Army, in mid-1987/1988. The Wilkes-Barre MEPS was awarded the most outstanding MEPS Army Award nationwide, and Chief Bolosky was awarded at the most outstanding coordinator within the U.S. Army nationwide. "May you have fair winds and following seas."
Chief Bolosky was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne; a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 288; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 283, Kingston; and a member of the Ukrainian Literary Association Club, Wilkes-Barre. He was the president of the Ukrainian National Association, Branch 282, Wilkes-Barre; American Legion Post 558, Plains Township; Disabled American Veterans Post 102, Kingston; U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.; the LCI National Association, Troy, N.Y.; the landing craft infantry (gunboat) LCI 560; the Flotilla 6 Group 16; and the Fleet Reserve Association.
Chief Bolosky was a licensed barber who ran a local barber shop on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, and enjoyed bartending at the Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.
Surviving is his beloved wife, Mary Lukacz Bolosky, Kingston. It has been a great period of his life with Mary, his wife of 66 years, it has been a wonderful life. She is a great woman, a wonderful mother, raised a great son, Gregory Paul Bolosky and his wife, Ellen Goodman, Boston, Mass. Together it was a wonderful long journey.
He was preceded in death by infant children, Catherine, Mary and John; his brother, Walter Bolosky; and his sister, Olga Robertson.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township, with Requiem services and a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 635 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Paul Wolensky, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Plains Township.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church; St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, PA 18704; VA Medical Center Home-Based Primary Care, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711; American Legion Post 558, 101 E. Carey St., Plains Township, PA 18705;
, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; Knights of Columbus, Attention: Fourth Degree Council 3987, Luzerne, PA 18709; SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; and Mrs. Phyllis Holmgren, c/o Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.
Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
136 Maffett Street
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 24, 2014