Joseph Martin Kozik Sr., age 91, of Greene Township, passed away surrounded by his family, on Saturday August 2, 2014, at St. Vincent Health Center. He was born in Grant Town, West Virginia, on December 14, 1922, a son of the late Martin and Anna Pituch Kozik.
Joseph was a 1940 graduate of Union City High School. He proudly served his country during WWII
, as a member of the United States Army Air Corps. During the war, he was a radio operator aboard a C-47 Cargo plane, and was part of the Allied Invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Joseph was awarded many commendations, including a Purple Heart
for his actions during the Battle of Ardennes, the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with seven Bronze Stars
, and the Liberation of France Medal. He enjoyed sharing his memories and stories of that time.
He retired from GE in 1983, after 36 years of service. Joseph was also a dairy farmer, owning and operating his family farm. He was a longtime member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, and made his Cursillo in 1968.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Anna Licht, Emily Jamison, Josephine Farak, and Mary Jaworski, and four brothers, John in infancy, Frank, Walter, and Ted Kozik.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Jankowski Kozik, their six children, Joseph M. Kozik Jr. and his wife Kathleen, of Greene Township, Jeanette Schaaf and her husband Thomas, of Summit Township, Robert Kozik and his wife Kimberly, of Greene Township, Marilyn Scholze and her husband Robert, of Ripley, N.Y., Charles Kozik and his wife Michelle, of Greene Township, and Elizabeth Dudenhoefer, of Millcreek; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Lori) Kozik, Kimberly (Matt) Linse, Alyssa (friend Thomas Meighan) Kozik, Patrick (friend Julie Malinowski) Kozik, and Kyle Kozik, Amy (fiancé Jacob Tuttle) Scholze, Matthew Scholze, Austin and Paige Dudenhoefer, and Lauren and Ryan Kozik; two great-grandchildren, Meghan Kozik and Grady Linse; one sister, Virginia Kozik, of Union City, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and are invited to a prayer service there on Wednesday morning, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Interment, with Full Military Honors, will follow in Mount of Olives Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 9367 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16509.
Published in the Erie Times-News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2014