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October 1, 1923 - June 12, 2020

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm with a Celebration of Life service at 7:00pm all at Landmark Funeral Home.

It is with heavy hearts, the children of John Koudelka, announce the passing of their father; on June 12, 2020. He was 96 years young, and was born on October 1, 1923. Dad was a first generation American; born to immigrant parents from the Czech Republic. He was born in North Bergen, New Jersey and was raised in Detroit, Michigan whereupon his Dad Jilji had relocated the family, in order to join the workforce in the booming automobile industry. Dad served in WWII, rising up to Sergeant in the Army Airforce 24th Bomb Squadron (6th Bomb Group). He enjoyed his time on the Boeing B29 Superfortress plane, and loved sharing his memories of his time in the service. After serving his country, he enrolled at University of Miami, where he met the love of his life; Frances. They were married for nearly 67 years, and until her death. Dad was an optician and enjoyed helping the people he served during his career. He wrote a paper about the cataract lens implant, which was published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dad’s love of photography started during the service. He built a dark room on the military base to develop his own film during his free time. He enjoyed photographing his friends, and taking pictures of the Pacific War campaign and aerial shots from the B29, and hence came to be the official photographer of all our family gatherings. We are grateful Dad, for all the priceless photos you took over the course of our lives. We love you and you will be dearly missed; but forever in our hearts… Dad was preceded in death by our mother, Frances and our brother, Todd, along with Todd’s son Robert. He is survived by his eldest daughter Bonnie Broch, then Julie Hansen, Pamela Furrow, and his eldest son John Albert. He has eleven surviving grandchildren, along with ten great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm with a Celebration of Life service at 7:00pm all at Landmark Funeral Home.