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Morrison, CO — Frank Koza, 91, of Morrison, Colo., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He passed away peacefully at his son’s home following a brief period of failing health. Frank was preceded in death by the love of his life, Helen, in December, 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Alan) Scavone of Morrison, Colo.; son, Douglas (Janeen) Koza of Conifer, Colo.; and his daughter-in-law, Nancy Koza of Columbia, Md. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason (Jackie) Koza of Auburn, Mass., Christopher (Emily) Caldwell of Denver, Colo., Jenna and Steffany Koza of Conifer, Colo., Joanna (Jason) Lackram of Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandson, Logan Koza of Auburn, Mass., and many nieces and nephews. Frank was also preceded in death by his son, Frank Koza, Jr. in 2007, his parents, and his two sisters, Helen Miskinis and Edna Homa.

Frank was born Oct. 7, 1922 in Lawrence, to Antoni and Mary (Korc) Koza. He grew up in Andover on the family farm and graduated from Punchard High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a B-24 bomber pilot during World War II, flying 35 combat missions over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. After returning from the war, he met Helen Martinson, a nurse at Lawrence General Hospital. They married on Jan. 6, 1946 and made their home in Andover where they raised their three children. Frank was an air traffic controller at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Mass. He also continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves until 1964. He flew C-119 transport aircraft at Grenier AFB in Manchester, N.H., and retired as a Lt. Colonel. His career with the FAA led to a series of moves where he served as a control tower chief. In 1972, Frank and Helen moved to Nantucket Island, Mass.; in 1973 to Madison, Conn.; in 1975 to Bedford, N.H.; and in 1978, they retired to Centerville, MA on Cape Cod. After nearly 23 years on the Cape, they moved to Madison, Wis. in 2001 to be near Susan and her family, and then finally in 2005 moved to Morrison, Colo., to be near both Susan and Douglas' families.

Frank had a lifelong interest in the military and flying. He enjoyed reading about WW II and was a member of the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association and the Second Air Division Association Eighth Air Force. In 2010, Frank was thrilled to take a flight in the restored Collings Foundation B-24J Liberator with his son, Douglas. He and Helen enjoyed attending air shows around the country, exploring the towns and walking on the beaches of Cape Cod, spending time with their children and grandchildren, and traveling throughout the country. While living in Andover, they attended Free Christian Church and enjoyed most of their retirement years attending Christ Chapel in Centerville, Mass. and West Middleton Lutheran Church in Verona, Wis. Frank was a devoted husband of nearly 64 years, and beloved father and grandfather. After Helen's passing in 2009, Frank continued to live independently until January, 2013 when he moved to Morningstar Assisted Living in Littleton, Colo. He received excellent care from their staff and delighted in the friendships he made there. Frank will be deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 19, at Newcomer Funeral Home, Lakewood, Colo. Burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors and a flyover by a restored B-17 bomber. For additional information, please visit www.newcomerdenver.com.
Published on  July 17, 2014
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