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Saturday February 8th, 2020

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Saturday February 8th, 2020
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Walter Andrew Kocum

Walter Andrew Kocum, age 92, of 70 Brentwod Circle, Bloomsburg, died at his home at 12:30 p. m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, after an illness.

Born in Newark, New Jersey on April 14, 1927, he was a son of the late Anthony  F. and Elizabeth (Wolverton)  Kocum. He resided in Scott Township since 2001; Mendham, New Jersey from 1965 to 2001 and in Florham Park, N.J. for 13 years prior to that. He was a 1945 graduate of West Side High School, Newark, N.J.

Walter was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the U. S. Navy in April, 1945 and served onboard the USS Helena until August, 1946. Upon his discharge he became a tool and die maker apprentice for Westinghouse, Corp. in Newark, working there until he retired in 1983. He then worked for Weiss-Aug in East Hanover, New York until 1989 when he retired again.

He was a member of the West Side Memorial VFW Post in Newark. He volunteered at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, Oxford, N.J. as an instructor in fly casting and fly tying. He tied thousands of flies and made his own fly rods.  Walter enjoyed saltwater fishing out of Atlantic Highlands, N.J. An avid bowler, hunter, fly fisherman and skeet shooter, he enjoyed refinishing old steamer trunks and gardening.

Walter enjoyed spending time at the New Jersey Shore (Long Beach Island) and in Florida.

He was preceded in death by  his wife of 56 years, the former Eleanor F. Geldhauser, on Oct. 18, 2004 and by a  brother, Donald Kocum.

He is survived by his daughter, Nori G., wife of Erick A. Lewis, who resided with him.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at 4:00 p. m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth McCormick, pastor of First Presbyterian Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p. m. Friends may remember Walter with a contribution to Columbia County Trout Unlimited at www.TU.org PA

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Thank you Jeff and Celine for your donation in memory of my dad.

Nori Lewis Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Judy for your sympathy and for remembering my dad. I know that he enjoyed saying hello to you and bringing you tomatoes. He definitely had a green thumb! Thank you again!

Nori Lewis Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

A donation pledge to Columbia County Trout Unlimited

In honor of one of my favorite people!

Joe Yankauskas Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

My heart ached when I saw that we lost Walter. He was such a sweet man. He will be greatly missed. I enjoyed seeing and talking to him when he came in for his appointments at ACE Hearing. We always talked about our gardens, how good or bad they were doing. We also shared our stories about our dogs and their fight with diabetes. He loved his family for sure. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Carol Felix (ACE Hearing Centers) Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for the loss of your kind Father. Walter reminded me of my Dad which I lost many years ago. He was a very nice man and generous. I worked at the bank in Lightstreet and he would always remember me with his delicious tomatoes. He always delivered them with a great smile and a warm hug. I saw him a few times since I retired it was always to see him and greet him with a hug. He will be greatly missed.

Judy Fink Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM

A donation pledge to Columbia County Trout Unlimited

Jeffrey and Celine Stricoff Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM