|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1903|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 2008|
Sgt 1st Class Frank J. Bozick lived to the age of 105 years, 5 months, & 28 days.
Published August 10, 2008 - Frontenac, KS
FRONTENAC, KS — Mr. Frank J. Bozick, 105, died on Saturday August 9, 2008 at 2:40 a.m. at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Frontenac, Kansas.
He was born February 11, 1903 in Frontenac, Kansas, the son of Frank and Teresa (Yartz) Bozick.
At age 38, and at the beginning of WWII, Mr. Bozick volunteered for the US Army. He joined an Ordinance Battalion primarily made up of volunteers from Kansas. Their mission was to design mobile machine shops in two half-ton trucks that would provide mobile maintenance support for combat tanks and other track-type vehicles during the invasion of Europe. These mobile facilities were a "first" for the U.S. Army-Armored Tank Divisions. Frank obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class; his stateside assignments included Camp Perry, OH for basic military training and Fort Campbell, KY for the design and construction of the mobile machine shops. Overseas assignments took him to England (Normandy Invasion), France, Germany and Holland. On February 11, 2008 he was awarded Proclamations from the Kansas Governor, Pittsburg, KS, Frontenac, KS, and the Frontenac American Legion for being the oldest living WWII veteran in the state of Kansas.
Mr. Bozick owned and operated a business at Rose and Broadway in Pittsburg for approximately 50 years. In the 1930's he started a filling station that at times included tire recapping, vulcanizing, an automobile dealership, television sales and distributorship and custom made automobile seat covers. In his youth he converted model T Fords into racecars. He built a single seat/single wing open cockpit airplane that was powered with a motorcycles engine.
Mr. Bozick was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac and the Frontenac American Legion.
He loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoors. Later in life vacation travels took him to the Territory of Alaska, he drove the Alaskan Highway back. In 1970 he visited Slovenia and Croatia (the birthplace of his parents).
Survivors includes longtime friend, Josephine "Peppy" Arabia; nieces, Gloria O'Brien, Mary Lee St. John, and Greta Taylor; nephews, Charles Bozick Jr. and Jim Gadwood; and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 siblings, Grace Winters, Mary Coleman, Ann Gadwood, Charles Bozick, and John Bozick; and a nephew Bob Winters.
Mass of Christian burial will be August 16, 2008 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac with Father Robert McElwee as celebrant. Burial, with military honors provided by the Frontenac American Legion, will follow in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Frontenac, KS.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Mount Carmel Cemetery, the Frontenac American Legion, or the Southeast Kansas Humane Society.
Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the funeral home. Friskel Funeral Home, Frontenac, KS, is in charge of arrangements.
The entire Bozick family wants to express their sincere appreciation to all the friends who visited and helped Uncle Frank during his final months.
Mount Carmel Cemetery
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God bless you on New Year's Day (early) and throughout 2014. Rest in Peace.|
Richard S. Barzelogna
Added: Dec. 31, 2013
God bless you throughout Winter, the cold, harsh season in which nature sleeps and goes dormant, awaiting the arrival of Spring. Rest in Peace.|
Richard S. Barzelogna
Added: Dec. 30, 2013
God's peace and blessings be with you throughout the holiest season of 2013. Rest in Peace, Brother Soldier.|
LTC B, USAR (ret)
Added: Dec. 17, 2013
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