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Walter Mecozzi

SPRINGFIELD — Walter G. Mecozzi, 95, of Springfield, formerly of Hennepin, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Mill Creek Special Care in Springfield.

Walter was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Peru to Nazareno and Rena (Capra) Mecozzi. He married Kathleen M. Podobinski on Feb. 4, 1950, in Hennepin. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2018.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Walter was a navigator and he was a retired major in the Air Force after 25 years of service to his country. Walter received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Walter was supervisor of assessments in Whiteside County and retired in 1986.

Survivors include one son, Walter Paul (Susan) Mecozzi of Edmond, Okla.; three daughters, Sherry (Ronald) Dose of Lostant, Kathleen (John Brogan) Tracey of Ramsey, N.J., and Laura (Pete) Nicholls of Decatur; one brother, Gerry Mecozzi of Illinois; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters and one brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 15, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hennepin with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Hennepin. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church.

The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dcfunerals.com.

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