John "Sarge" Kozlosky, 101, of Ford City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Butler VA Assisted Living.
He was born March 3, 1920, in Ford City, to Anton Kozlosky and Pauline Hnatiow Kozlosky.
John was retired from PPG, he worked in Maintenance and Shop Two as a millwright, with 37 years of service. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served in Company K 112 Infantry, as a Master Sergeant. John also served during the Korean Conflict 5th Army. He saw action in three major campaigns in Europe, was wounded three times, taken prisoner of war for six months in Stalag XI-B in Fallingbostel, Germany. His memberships included Ford City Veterans of Foreign Wars, POW 28th Division Society, Disabled American Veterans and Heritage Association of 28th Division. For his efforts, John was awarded three Purple Hearts and the French Legion of Honor Medal. He also was a member of the P.N.A. and Ukrainian National Association. He was a lifelong resident of his community.
Survivors include sons: Dennis and Nancy Kozlosky, of West Kittanning, and Mark and Judy Kozlosky, of West Kittanning; grandchildren: Michael and Amy Kozlosky, Amy and Nathan Serene and Brian and (Brandy Taylor) Kozlosky; great-grandchildren: Jackie, Alex, Mila, Luke and Baylee; brother, Tony Kozlosky, of Oakmont; niece, Julia Duris, of Ford City; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene Nycz Kozlosky, who passed away Nov. 29, 2006; and two brothers, Nick and Paul.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Mantini Funeral Home, Inc., 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City.
A Prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Prince of Peace Parish, 718 Fourth Ave., Ford City, with Father Alan Grote as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery.
The family requests donations to be made to the Ford City Renaissance Committee.