A native of Buffalo, he was born Sept. 19, 1925, a son of the late Peter and Helen Malanowski Kogut. Following graduation from high school he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for nearly 40 years by Westinghouse in Cheektowaga as an inspector.
He was a life member of several veterans’ organizations including Herman Kent Post 777Ameican Legion, holding various offices, past commander of AMVETS 45 and Lakewood Memorial Post 1286, Veterans of Foreign Wars 557 Ellery Center and War Vets Recreation. He was a village of Celoron trustee until just recently and was a member of the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, Celoron Moose and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving are three children: Janice (Dan Phillips) Yoder of Depew, Peter (Beth) Kogut of Amherst and Lisa (Chuck) Cwiklinski of Depew; five grandchildren: Kelly (Daryl) Hahn, Ben and Larissa Kogut and Cody and Justin Cwiklinski; two great-grandchildren: DJ and Kayla Hahn; a sister, Dorothy Wieczorek; and a nephew, Jim (Donna) Wieczorek.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Julia Zorowak, in 1992; and a brother, Joe Wieczorek.
Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home, where military honors will be conducted at 7 p.m. No funeral service will be observed.
Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Veterans Park Memorial Fund, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701, or the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
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Published in The Post Journal, July 27, 2016.