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Dan L. Kozak

July 9, 1948 — October 29, 2016

Daniel Lee Kozak, 68, passed away at home in Chariton on October 29th 2016. A celebration of Dan's life will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, vote Trump for president; donations in his memory may be made to the Welcome Home Soldier Memorial in Albia or to the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park. Daniel Lee Kozak was born July 9, 1948 to James and Flossie Kozak in Yankton, South Dakota. Dan was one of five children born to the couple. The family moved to Iowa and Dan graduated from Centerville High School with the class of 1966. After graduation, Dan joined the United States Marine Corps. He served almost two years of active duty from October of 1967 to July of 1969; one year was spent on tour in Vietnam. Dan was transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve in July of 1969 and was honorably discharged in October of 1973. Dan was united in marriage to Pauline Wyckoff on February 23, 1968. To this union two children were born, Daniel and Jacqueline. On July 20, 1985, Dan was united in marriage to Lisa Johnson. They were blessed with two children, Ashlee and Kristofer. Dan was a very dedicated and hard worker. His first job was with the Union Carbide Food Processing Plant in Centerville. He then became a police officer and probation officer. At the age of twenty-five, Dan became the Chariton police chief and the youngest police chief in Iowa's history. Dan was also a proud Hy-Vee employee and worked for the company for thirty-three years, retiring in 2009. Dan enjoyed spending time outdoors working around the yard, landscaping, woodworking, sightseeing, and working on his tractors and mowers. He loved history, politics, and talk radio. Above all else, Dan loved spending time with his family. He was a dedicated husband, Father, grandfather, and great grandfather and he worked hard to teach his children life skills and to show them that they were loved. Dan will be missed by his wife, Lisa; children: Daniel (Tracy) Kozak of St. Charles, Jacque (Corey) Gwinn of Chariton, Ashlee (Kyle) Raines of Ankeny, and Kristofer Kozak of West Des Moines; 6 grandchildren: Brittany, Brandon, Blake, Shaylee, Kylee, and Jax; and 2 great grandchildren: Lillian and Lane. Also surviving are siblings: Jim (Carol) Kozak, Frank (Jean) Kozak, Charlene Kozak, and Jeanie (Bob) Pontious; brother-in-law, Russ (Jeanne) Johnson; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, James and Flossie Kozak; and his in-laws, Onsky and Thelma Johnson. Visitation

NOV 2. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]

https://www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com

Service

NOV 3. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]

https://www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com

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