Michael J. KOGUTEK
KOGUTEK - Michael J. Of Orchard Park, entered into rest August 30, 2012, beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Druzbik) Kogutek; devoted father of Michael D. Kogutek and Sharon Kogutek; loving son of the late John and Mary (Beres) Kogutek; dear sister of the late Anna (Walter) Pienta, Helen Rutkowski, George (late Lottie) Kogutek, Sally (late Thaddeus) Mroz and Joseph (late Florence) Kogutek; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Southtowns Chapel), 3060 Abbott Rd., near Lake Ave., on Tuesday from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Nativity of Our Lord RC Church, South Buffalo St., and Thorn Ave., Orchard Park, on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. (Please assemble at church). Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the P.N.C. Michael J. Kogutek American Legion Scholarship Trust, c/o Michael D. Kogutek, PO Box 497, Silverado Canyon, CA 92676. Mr. Kogutek was a Navy veteran of World War II, past National Commander of the American Legion and past Commander of the Matthew Glab American Legion Post 1477. Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com

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Published by Buffalo News on Sep. 2, 2012.
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Dear Joe and Florence,I am sorry for the loss of your brother Mike.I know you were so proud of him for the way he represented the best in our veterans not only locally but nationally. My deepest condolences to the Grisanti's dear friends.Richard Grisanti Arcade, New York
September 26, 2012
I worked with Mike on the county (Legion) website in the past, and other IT concerns.

I salute the Commander, he will be sadly missed. Mike was always a true patriot.
Frank Frainier
September 17, 2012
May you rest in peace and God bless your family and loved ones. You are a true Hero and thank you
From the Veterans in Nevada
USMC 3rd recon
Kim Young
September 5, 2012
I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing PNC Kogutek on video in the fall of 2010 for The American Legion archives. He dressed up in a suit and shared many memories and insights that day. After we finished, he changed into his comfy clothes and made me a Manhattan. Later, we went over to the dining room for dinner. He made me feel right at home. I will always remember him, and I know he will be missed by many.
Marty Callaghan
September 5, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
September 5, 2012
All the members of post NY 1041 are saddened with the passing of our friend and fellow veteran. God Bless and take Mike to his home in heaven. Thank you God for sharing him with all of us.
Niagara Frontier AL NY Post 1041
September 4, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to Michael and Sharon on the passing of their father. Mike was a true Legionnaire.
Ron and Carol Puckett
September 4, 2012
My condolences to the Kogutek family. Mike was a great friend and a great American hero.
John Driscoll
September 4, 2012
Dear Sharon and Family - May God's peace and blessings be with you at this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sally (Mix) Kolenac
Sally Kolenac
September 2, 2012
In memory of a great legionnaire and a wonderful friend. A great American who served his Country when duty called and continued to serve his fellow veteran, community, state and Nation through his membership in the greatest veteran's service organization, the American Legion. His dedication and compassion led him to become the organization's official spokesman when he was elected National Commander. He was an inspiration all. Our deepest sympathies to the Kogutek family in this time of loss.

Mary and Frank Peters
Frank Peters
September 2, 2012
To a true hero's family, my deepest condolences on your loss. It is a loss to many. I enjoyed his company when I visiting my mother at Fox Run and would get the privilege of talking with Mike. I as well as untold many will miss his presence.
Mike Rosiere
September 2, 2012
To my buddy Mike, and his family. My deepest condolences. I will miss you very much. I will always miss you greeting me at Fox Run in Polish and me trying to respond in Czech. The hugs would say it all.
Rest well my friend and true hero.
Dolores Rosiere
September 2, 2012
Our condolences to Sharon and Mike on the loss of their father.
We will deeply miss Mike our friend and mentor.
Chuck and Mary Lou Herschlag
September 2, 2012
A Lackawanna icon has passed on. My condolences to the Kogutek family.
Ken Wisz
September 2, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. I saw this too late to attend. You are all in my prayers.
John Joyce
September 2, 2012