John Edmund Kosloski, 93, of Freeland, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, after a very brief illness.
Born July 15, 1920, in Mount Carmel, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Constance Eugenia Ugiss Kosloski. He was the husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Cox Kosloski, his wife of almost 64 years.
In his early life, he played the flute, piccolo and saxophone in marching bands and town bands throughout Northumberland County. He and his older brother, Ed, had a dance band, "The Syncopaters," that played big band music and was very popular. He was a 1938 graduate of Mount Carmel High School. He graduated with a technical degree from Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in Newark, N.J., one of the earliest schools of aviation. He moved to Baltimore to take a job at the Glenn L. Martin Company. He rented a room with two of his friends from school, Johnny Pritchard and Irwin Barr, at the home of William Cox, his future father-in-law.
He was drafted into the Army Air Force June 16, 1944, at Fort Meade, 10 days after the D-Day invasion. He trained on the ground crews of the B-29 Superfortress bomber, the first-ever computerized bomber. His job was to train all crew members on the operation and maintenance of the ordinance systems. He went on to work at NASA on the Gemini program and at the AAI Corporation in Cockeysville, where he retired at age 68, after a long and varied career.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Dorothy Johann Garey and husband Everett Hopkins III, Mary Elizabeth Forney and husband Allen Ronel, John William Kosloski and Ann Louise Perry and husband Mark Francis; grandchildren Adam Lyle Rock, David, Joseph and Jesse Allen Forney, Brandon James Hamrick, and Allie Nicole and husband Thomas Christian Reeves; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by an infant child; a brother, Edmund Kosloski; and a sister, Eleanor Carroll.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 N. Second St., New Freedom, Pa.
A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, Pa. Burial will follow in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, PA 17349; or to the Diabetes Foundation, American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
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