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James Angelo Mokas

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MOKAS, James Angelo born on March 2, 1927 in Ashland, KY, passed away on September 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. He proudly served in the US Navy and fought in the Pacific as a gunner in the WWII battles of Leyte, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his brave services. He was a member of the Kentucky Colonels and the Masons. He had a passion for rebuilding classic cars and for singing. He had a beautiful voice and sang tenor in a barbershop quartet for many years. In his childrens early years he organized "The Skippy Do's" in Columbus, Ohio, whose chorus members were the Neighborhood Kids of Simpson Drive. His most famous composition was "I Love JuJus" (his favorite candy). The Skippy Do's harmonized masterfully on this piece under his skillful direction. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. Mark J. Mokas and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maria Stergeos Mokas, his daughters Eleni Mokas and Randi K.M. Leonard, grandsons Mason & Graydon Leonard, sons-in-law Roy Leonard and Jorge Morales Moreno and his brothers John Mokas of Columbus, OH and Mike Mokas of Dayton, OH. Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday September 22, 2011 at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with Father Mark P. Emroll officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 9:00 Am until service time. In lieu of flowers, please send donations and gifts to the or the in James's memory. He will be missed and always remembered. Arrangements Marker & Heller Funeral Home, North Main St. Chapel.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 20, 2011
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