Robert Louis Kozel, Sr., 85, of New London, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 20, 2018. He was born September 23, 1932.
Robert was a kind and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who cherished his family and his faith. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he devoted his time in service to the church, through the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and the Lions Club of Nova. He served in the U.S. Army from November 17, 1953 to November 16, 1955. He retired from GM in 1987 but worked all of his life as a farmer.
Robert worked his small farm and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, camping with family, working in his vegetable garden, picking apples and cutting fire wood.
Robert is survived by his children, Holly (Dan) Baker of Columbus, Debora Kozel of Sycamore, Robert (Michelle) Kozel, Jr. of Johnstown, Mary (Richard) Gaunt of Columbus, Cathy (Bert) Holzwart of Findlay, Steve (Amy) Kozel of Upper Sandusky, Karen Clark and Brenda Kozel, both of Columbus and Sharon Kozel of Wooster; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and his sister, Carol White of Wakeman.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia; son, Michael and daughter, Patricia.
Friends and family will be received Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. with a Rosary service beginning at 7:45 P.M. at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 18 Park Ave., New London, beginning at 11 A.M., Thursday, July 26, 2018. The Reverend Father Kishore will officiate and burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery, New London.
Memorial may be made to the Knights of Columbus, 18 Park Ave., New London or to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org).
The family of Robert Kozel would like to thank The Sanctuary of Tuttle Crossing Assisted Living and Capital City Hospice for excellent and compassionate care.
Condolences may be shared online at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com