The funeral for John J. Koziel, 77, of Fremont will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont.
He died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Greeley to John and Katherine (Torcon) Koziel. He lived in Greeley and Fullerton, and was a 1945 graduate of Fullerton High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from April 11, 1946, to Oct. 9, 1947, and received the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. After his discharge, he returned to Fullerton and was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. He moved to Fremont in 1950 and continued to work as a lineman for the phone company until retiring after 38 years. He then was employed by the Fremont Department of Utilities for 15 years.
He married Wanda B. Schultz on Aug. 19, 1950, in Fremont.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont and a former member of the Knights of Columbus. He was past president and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 200 of Fremont. He also was a member of American Legion Post 20 of Fremont and the Telephone Pioneers of America at Fremont.
Survivors include: his wife; a daughter, Pam Koziel Thomas of Omaha; two brothers, Ed (and wife, Ceal) Koziel of Omaha and Stan (and wife, Terri) Koziel of Seattle; a sister, Belle Miller of Grand Island; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, four brothers and two sisters.
The Rev. Owen Korte will officiate Friday's service. A vigil service with a rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Fremont with military graveside services conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 854 and American Legion Post 20.
A memorial has been established to St. Patrick's Catholic Church.