Philip Wayne Kozak Sr., 82, passed away on Oct. 28, 2018 after a brief illness. He has joined his wife, Annie, who passed this past June. Phil was born July 10, 1936 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was the only son of the late Joseph Kozak and Florence Delserone Kozak. As a young man wanting to help his mother financially, Philip enlisted in the United States Air Force. It was when he was stationed in Alaska that he met, fell in love and eventually married Annie in May 1956.
They made their home and raised their three children in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Phil worked at PPG Industries in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and took advantage of the company's offer to pay for his college degree while he was employed there. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He eventually accepted a promotion and a transfer to a plant in Evansville, Indiana, where he retired as the plant quality control manager.
Phil and Annie enjoyed their retirement years traveling between Florida and Las Vegas. They both were avid golfers. In Florida, they lived on a golf course. In Vegas, Annie enjoyed playing the slots, and Phil enjoyed making Annie happy.
Phil is survived by his son, Philip W. Kozak Jr. of Rapid City, South Dakota; daughter, Patricia Kozak Valentine of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandchildren, Christopher Kozak of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Gina and Carly Valentine of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Kozak Rowland. Although Phil did not have siblings, he remained close to his cousins, Nate Colonna and his wife Linda, and Cecilia Colonna D'Alessandris and her husband Walt D'Alessandris.
Phil, our dad, our grandpa, was the strength and wisdom of our family. He was always there for us. He was good for his word. He valued family and friendships. Phil cared for Annie as she declined, and when she passed so unexpectedly, it broke his heart. He didn't like to show that, but it did. Shortly after Annie passed, he learned he had cancer. After getting a medical clearance that he was healthy enough, he made the decision to undergo a risky surgery that, if successful, would give him five-plus more years of life. He said, "If it goes well, good! If it doesn't go well and I don't wake up, I've had a good life."
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, Florida.