Koukos, John G.
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John G. Koukos, 89 of Danbury, husband of Mary (Panasis) Koukos passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Danbury Hospital on Friday, October 5, 2012. Mr. Koukos was born in Biddeford, Maine, September 18, 1923, son of George J. and Aphrothite (Konstantine) Koukos and moved to Danbury in 1926 with his family. He attended Danbury schools.
John was the proud owner of JK's Restaurant which was originally established as the former Original Texas Hot Weiners on White Street by Mr. Koukos' father assisted by his mother. In later years, the restaurant was located on the corner of West and Orchard Streets prior to its present South Street location and has seen four generations of Koukos family operating the restaurant. Today, JK's is overseen by John's two sons, George and Peter Koukos. The restaurant has become a Danbury institution, a place many people come together and call "home." A World War II U.S. Army veteran serving from 1943 to 1946, he served with Battery D, 112th Gun Battalion serving in North Africa and France. He was honorably discharged and had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Faith, family and friends were the most treasured gifts held forever close to John's heart. He was a devoted lifelong member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Danbury, a former member and past president of the Parish Council, AHEPA and the Assumption Greek Church Building Fund. In addition to John's ongoing commitment to his faith, he was also a member of St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church of Boca Raton, Florida and a member of the Boca Raton Chapter of AHEPA. Upon his retirement, John spent his years traveling and exploring the world with the love of his life, his bride of 55 years, Mary. John enjoyed spending time together at their home in Delray Beach, Florida and cherished his many friends there. In addition to his wife, Mr. Koukos is survived by two sons, George J. Koukos and his wife, Judy of Bethel and Peter J. Koukos of Danbury; three grandchildren whom he cherished with profound unconditional love, John G. Koukos, Kristen Mary Koukos and Alexis Koukos.; a sister, Stella Johns; a sister in law, Evelyn Panasis as well as several nieces, a nephew and many Godchildren. The Rite of Burial will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury with the Rev. Peter Karloutsos officiating. Interment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. John's family welcomes family and friends on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 5 PM to 8 PM in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Koukos' memory may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury. 06811. The family extends their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit and 11th Floor of the Danbury Hospital for their gentle care and kindness given to John and to all of us as well. You are a unique, special group of people who make this world a better place. God Bless You.
Published in News Times from October 6 to October 10, 2012