John Dovzak was born on January 7, 1919, in New York City, N.Y., and passed away on September 2, 2011, in Ashland, Ore. He was 92 years old.
John served in the U.S. Army as a Platoon Sergeant from 1941 to 1945. Due to an injury sustained at Fort Dix, N.J., he was not deployed overseas, but served his enlistment at Ft. Dix, in Texas, and in Seattle, Wash., where he attended aircraft mechanic school at Boeing.
On August 8, 1942, John married Helen Hawrischuk, in New York City. John was a partner in a Shell Oil service station in Brooklyn, N.Y., for 13 years in the 1950s and early 1960s. He went to work for Pan American Airlines at JFK in 1965, and retired in 1983. He and Helen traveled around the world
during John's time at Pan Am. They moved to Ashland in 1990, to be closer to family.
John will be remembered for his happy demeanor and his love of music and singing. He and Helen were "regulars" at the Ashland Senior Center for many years. He was a life long New York Yankees fan, and we are confident that he will spend eternity watching Yankee baseball games from the best seat in the house.
Helen preceded him in death on July 2, 2009.
John is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Luker, of Indiana; and Gloria Kostick, of N.Y.; daughters, Susan (Richard)
Chambers, of Medford, Ore.; Carrie Dovzak, of Berkeley, Calif.; and son, Ronald (Lisa) Dovzak, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; grandchildren, Chris (Leah Saturen) Chambers, and Dan (Tami) Chambers, of Ashland, Dora Beilin, of Berkeley, Rumi Dovzak, of Flagstaff, and Hannah White, of Tucson, Ariz.; and great-granddaughters, Mira and Anya Chambers Saturen, of Ashland.
John's family will be eternally grateful for the wonderful care he received at Faith Adult Foster Home, from Linda, Michael and Maria. They are truly the gems of the care giving
Burial was at Eagle Point National Cemetery, on Tuesday,
September 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.