Sam Bennie Kosiara

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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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  1. I knew Sam primarily from church and having his daughter as a member of the Englewood HS Pirate Band of which I was director.  No matter where you saw Sam he always greeted you with a smile and some good words.  His dedication to his church and family stood out as being most important in his life. He was a wonderful man.  He will be missed.

  2. Sam was a great man of this world. We learned a lot from him about service, humility, and family focus in the example he set and the way he lived his life, and we could always count on him for support when needed. We know he will continue the example he set on earth in his afterlife and we hope he forever rests in peace. We will miss him and hope he continues to look down on us and provide eternal guidance. May God bless him and all the Kosiara Family.

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