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On Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Husband of the late Martha Schmidt; father of Melvin Kosanchich, Jr. of St. Albans, MO and Mark William Kosanchich of Pgh.; grandfather of Kathryn (Seth) Mercer and Melvin Kosanchich, III; great-grandfather of Zoe Mercer. Mr. Kosanchich enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942, trained as a Fighter Pilot serving in WW II France- Germany Theatre. He remained a dedicated pilot who enjoyed aviation throughout his life. His passion for aeronautics was instilled to his children and grandchildren. As a design engineer he was employed by Westinghouse (Bettis Atomic Labratory), Lockheed Defense Systems and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. After his retirement from Boeing in 1988, he provided consulting engineering services to Vortex Structures, developing a bladeless helicopter aircraft. Friends received Friday morning from 10 am until time of Service at 12:30 pm at the SZAFRANSKI- EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 101 Third Street, Carnegie. Burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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