William Kormos

William Joseph Kormos Sr.

Monday, May 14th, 1923 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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William Joseph Kormos Sr.
Lt Col (ret), USAF
Formerly of Brownsville, Pennsylvania

Lt Col (ret) William Kormos (age 96) recently passed away after a long illness where he resided at a Sunrise Assisted Living Community in Fairfax, Virginia. He served this country with great distinction participating in three (3) armed conflicts – World War II, Korea War, and Vietnam.

Lt Col (ret) Kormos was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1923, and graduated from Brownsville High School. He was married to the former Ms. Patricia Barrack for 32 years; they were married in Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Brownsville. Unfortunately, she passed early in her life from cancer in 1985. He was the oldest of four brothers – the other three being Joseph Kormos (Cleveland), Ernest “Chuck” Kormos (Hiller), and James Kormos (Hiller). He is survived by two sons – Lt Col (USAF ret) William Jr. and Lt Col (USA ret) Mark Kormos. He had three grandchildren (William III, Mark and Patrick). He was fortunate to see his great granddaughter named Autumn Kormos (Seattle).

He was a devout Catholic who volunteered many hours to help the less fortunate. He was a member of the following organizations -- Lions Club, Order of the Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars. William was also a professional engineer.

He spent most of his career of 32 years as a military officer; his career included being a military member of both the Army during World War II and a more expansive career as a United States Air Force Officer. During World War II, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton and was part of the cadre that transited the Bridge of Remagen into Germany the very first day it was captured. The Bridge of Remagen was the last remaining bridge that allowed the allies to start their march to capture Berlin and end the war. He advanced up through the enlisted ranks quickly due to his leadership and bravery in conflict. He remained in Berlin for a year after the war to ensure peace after the chaotic war. After World War II, Lt Col Kormos received a Civil Engineering Degree from Syracuse University and used that skill to build the Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside Saigon, Vietnam. During his military career, he was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, Manila (Philippines), San Antonio (Texas), Tan Son Nhut (Saigon), Montgomery (Alabama), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and Anchorage (Alaska). He ended his career as the Director of Procurement of the Alaskan Air Command. His final choice of retirement location was Newry, PA (near Altoona, Pennsylvania) before moving to the Fairfax Assisted Living Facility in Fairfax Virginia.

During his military career, Lt Col (retired) William Kormos earned the Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Good Conduct Medal, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, In addition, Lt Col (retired) William Kormos earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Friends will be received at the Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, PA 15417 on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and on Saturday until a Prayer Service at 9:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Historic Church of St. Peter, Brownsville at 10:00 AM. Interment to follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, with full military honors accorded by the United States Air Force.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Skirpan Funeral Home
    Address
    135 Park St.
    BROWNSVILLE, PA 15417
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Skirpan Funeral Home
    Address
    135 Park St.
    BROWNSVILLE, PA 15417
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Historic Church of St. Peter
    Address
    304 Shaffner Avenue
    BROWNSVILLE, PA 15417
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    Officiant
    Rev. Fr. Timothy Kruthaupt
  • Interment

    Location
    LaFayette Memorial Park
    Address
    132 Twin Hills Road
    BRIER HILL, PA 15415
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