JOSEPH FRANK GARBACZ

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GARBACZ JOSEPH FRANK GARBACZ Colonel, USA (Ret.) Corps of Engineers Colonel Joseph "Joe" Garbacz, USA (RET), loving husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on September 23, 2013 at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Stephanie Klosinski Garbacz, Ph.D. He is survived by two sisters, Kay Skrobat and Gladys Nichol of Oil City, PA; his sons J. Robert Garback and wife Doris of Heidelberg, Germany and Gregory Garback and wife Bridget of Alexandria, VA; and two grandchildren Brian and Stephanie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Born in Oil City, PA on March 19, 1916 to Mary and Albert Garbacz, he was second of eight children. As noted in his Oil City High School yearbook from 1935, he was "an expert chemist with a perfect smile." Joe worked as a firefighter with the Oil City Fire Department and as a fireman on steam locomotives with the Pennsylvania Railroad to earn money for college. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University at State College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 1942. While at Penn State, Joe was a member of the track team and Captain of both Scabbard and Blade and Pershing Rifles. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps volunteering to serve with the Airborne Engineers. Joe's units were responsible for building runways in New Guinea and the Philippines to support America's efforts in World War II. Joe served 24 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers. His assignments took him and his family around the globe and included such key postings as Portland District Engineer in Portland, OR; Korea Military Advisory Group in Seoul, Korea; Battalion Commander, 4th Engineer Battalion (Infantry Division), Fort Lewis, Washington; Assistant Director of Civil Works for Pacific Division, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. representing the Corps of Engineers on Capitol Hill; Commanding Officer, 11th Engineer Group, USAEUR in Schwetzingen, Germany; and Chief, Operations and Construction Division, Office of the Engineer, Headquarters, USAEUR and Seventh Army in Heidelberg, Germany. Joe received many awards over his distinguished career, including the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he was recruited by Jackson Graham, Metro's first General Manager, to help manage the planning, design, and construction of the subway system in Washington, D.C., the largest civil works project of its time. His initial role was directing all contracting activity and retiring in 1983 as Deputy Chief of Design and Construction. In retirement he periodically consulted on complex engineering projects. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the District of Colombia. Joe also served as president of the Villamay Community Association and was active in its men's club. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home at 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA. Mass will offered on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 310 S. Royal St., Alexandria, VA. An Interment Service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home at 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA. Mass will offered on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 310 S. Royal St., Alexandria, VA. An Interment Service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2013
Joseph Frank Garbacz
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