June 26, 2012
John Drozd, 87, of Lee Road, Corning, N.Y., died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Bath VA Medical Center.
He was born August 30, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre. John was one of 16 children, and was the third child named John. Three of the siblings died at birth. John was the second youngest of the boys.
He was predeceased by his brothers John, Charles, Michael, John and Joseph; sisters Anne, Sophie and Mary.
John was never married and has no children. Besides the siblings listed above, John is survived by his special nieces and nephews, Teresa Klokus (Floyd) Schutt of Corning, and Marcia Klokus of Corning; brother Peter Drozd of Wilkes-Barre; sisters Olga Pieck of Plaines Township; Eva Madrigal, Ventnor, N.J.; Anastasia (Dearie) Klokus of Wilkes-Barre. There are numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews spread mostly throughout the East Coast.
John served in the U.S. Navy as a storekeeper during World War II, where he learned three of the most important rules of life that he frequently quoted, "Neatness, Safety and Accessibility."
After the military he returned to Wilkes-Barre, and briefly worked in the coal mines and steel mills.
In 1954, John moved to Corning, N.Y., and had several miscellaneous jobs prior to working for the City of Corning Water Department. John retired from the Water Department in 1985, after 30 years of service.
In his spare time, John loved to golf, hunt and fish. At 87, most of his golfing and hunting buddies have gone on before him.
John frequently entertained his family and friends by playing the harmonica and spoons.
He tried to put on a tough exterior, but was known as a "soft touch" by those closest to him. He loved life and nature, and even though he did not have a dog in his senior years, he always carried dog biscuits with him as a treat for any dog he would meet.
He had many friends at the North Corning Senior Center, where he ate lunch almost daily since it opened.
John loved his church, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, and frequently volunteered helping out in the kitchen or wherever there was a need. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his church.
The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning, today from 4 to 7 p.m. A Parastas Service will be held at 6:15 p.m. A Rite of Burial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Daniel Mahler officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery, Corning, with full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Orthodox Church, 242 Sunset Drive, Corning, NY 14830.