George Kokiko fought in Europe during WWII as an infantryman with the US Army.
Age 93, of McMurray, formerly of Upper St. Clair, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Latimer Kokiko, recently celebrating their 63rd anniversary. Loving father of June Amling and Christopher (Jody) Kokiko; grandfather of Laura Amling, Andrew Amling, Nicholas Kokiko and Ryan Kokiko. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Kokiko and his sisters. Born in Uniontown, George served in World War II as an infantryman in the European theater. During his time of service, he was the recipient of three Purple Hearts and subsequently received the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his efforts to liberate France. George was a graduate of Boston College and received a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. He spent his career helping others, developing social service programs throughout the country. His work took him to Pittsburgh where he spent many years working for the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh. George was an avid Boston College fan, a fine golfer and loved Pittsburgh sports, politics and classical music. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS (724-941-3211). Friends are welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Church at 10 a.m. Interment with full military honors will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2017