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Sam Bennie Kosiara

September 19, 1932 ~ April 8, 2018 (age 85)
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Sam B. Kosiara passed away on April 8, 2018 at the age of 85.  He was born in Gaylord, Michigan to Leo and Violet Kosiara.  He grew up in Gaylord and joined the Air Force after one year of college.  In the Air Force he primarily performed aircraft maintenance.  He served 11 months in Korea at the end of the Korean War.  After his 4 years of active duty, 1952-1956, he served 4 years in the Air Force standby reserves, 1956-1960.  While at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas, he met and fell in love with Dolores May.  They married in 1956 and moved to Englewood, Colorado in 1961.  They lived and raised their family in Englewood.  Sam worked in the Packing / Shipping Department at Martin Marietta / Lockheed Martin.  Part of his job duties at Martin included packaging parts for various shuttle missions as well as the tear down of a couple of launch pads for these missions.  He retired from this company in 1999.  Throughout his life, Sam was very involved with many aspects of his church.  He was a great handyman and could fix just about anything.  He was a kind and good man.  He loved his family.  He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 41 years, Dolores Kosiara.  He is survived by his children Janet (Larry) Niswonger, Jo Ann (Bill) Crow, Judy Kosiara, Joe (Jennifer) Kosiara, Jim (Lori) Kosiara, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, siblings Chet (Jackie) Kosiara, Rita Rosado, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.  Interment at Littleton Cemetery.  Those who wish may make memorial gifts either to All Souls Food Bank (All Souls Catholic Parish) or VFW Post 9644 located in Fort Logan, Colorado. 



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