Rudolph Michael Kozar

ESCANABA – Rudolph Michael Kozar, 84, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014, at his home in Escanaba, surrounded by his loving family.

Rudy was born May 27, 1929, in Wells, the son of Ignatz and Barbara (Smokovich) Kozar. He was raised and attended school in Wells. In 1946, Rudy enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. He later went on to re-enlist in the United State Air Force where he served until his honorable discharge in 1953. On Jan. 8, 1955, Rudy was united in marriage to the former Mary Ann Lund at St. Bridgette Catholic Church in Hobart, Ind. Together the couple made their home and raised their family in Indiana before returning home to Escanaba in 1974. Throughout his life, Rudy owned and operated “Rudy Kozar Aluminum and Vinyl Products.”

His loving wife Mary Ann preceded him in death on May 4, 2013. Rudy was a member of St. Anne Church in Escanaba and Escanaba Knights of Columbus Council 610. Over the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, tending to his immaculate yard and spending time outdoors watching a variety of wildlife. In his late seventies, Rudy was brave enough to go skydiving with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his sons, Mike and Jon Kozar, both of Escanaba; daughters, Debra Kozar of Escanaba, Mary Kozar of Hopewell, Va., Melissa Westerberg of Wells; brother, Anthony (Tim) Kozar of Ontario, Calif.; sister, Mildred Kozar of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Chris and David Saum, Keenan Kozar and Zach Westerberg; great-grandson, Nathan Saum. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Ignatz and Barbara and his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Kozar; Rudy was preceded in death by brothers, George, James, Frank, Joseph and Steven Kozar; grandchildren, Jennifer Denise Reed and Kyle Kozar.

Rudy’s family will receive friends on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Escanaba Knights of Columbus Council 640 will recite the holy Rosary beginning at 3:15 p.m. Visiting hours will continue, following the Rosary, until 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial services to celebrate the life of Rudolph Michael Kozar will follow visiting hours at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Anne Church in Escanaba with Rev. Fr. Fran DeGroot and Rev. Fr. Gil Neurohr officiating. Luncheon will follow in the St. Anne Parish Hall. Rudy will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Kozar family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at