William George “Bill” Szabo Jr.
William George “Bill” Szabo Jr., 75, of Gary, passed away at 3 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at VNA Hospice of NWI in Valparaiso.
Bill was born on July 8, 1943, in LaPorte, to the late William George and Violet Edna (Shedrow) Szabo Sr. He graduated from Medaryville High School in 1961 before moving to Gary, but Bill loved being a country boy. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and often spoke of how his service took him halfway around the world and back. He was a member of VFW Post #909 in Gary, until it closed. He was also a former Freemason and Shriner.
Bill worked at Inland Steel for more than 30 years; working his way up from millwright to research and development. He was a former member of the United Steel Workers Union. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid race fan.
For the past 5.5 years, Bill suffered from dementia. He lived with his grandchildren Jason, Sophia, Salina, Jude and Emma who lovingly helped care for him. Bill will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his daughters: Valerie [Robert] Gill of Palmetto, Florida, Linda Diaz of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Julie [Lawrence] Jarosak of Portage, Melissa [Shawn] Ford of Valparaiso, and Kristen [Kevin] Kosovich of Portage; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert [Diane] Szabo of Crown Point, and Kenneth [Sandy] Szabo of Valparaiso; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents William George and Violet Edna (Shedrow) Szabo Sr.; brothers: Larry, Charles, Frances and James; and many aunts and uncles.
Visitation was from noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Medaryville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice or St. John’s Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — June 12, 2019)