Harry Michael “Mike” Kochman, 69, passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on July 14, 2018.
He was born June 7, 1949, in Steubenville, Ohio, the third child of Edward and Dorothy (Jackie) Kochman.
Mike was a graduate of Weir High class of 1967. Upon graduation he was employed by Weirton Steel, attended business college and was drafted into the United States Army in 1969.
He served his country with honor in Vietnam in the 197 Infantry Brigade where he was exposed to Agent Orange. Mike fought in two major campaigns where he received the Vietnam service Medal with two Bronze Stars for heroism. He returned home in 1971, but his battle never ended.
Mike found his niche as Human Resource Manager with Fluor-Daniels based in South Carolina where he flourished at the opportunity of helping others. He took an early retirement and returned to Weirton to be close to family and his ailing mother.
He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed history, politics, old movies, and music. He found solace in nature and enjoyed time spent at his lake house with family and friends. There was an open-door policy with only one rule — “Take all the love you want but leave a little behind.”
Mike was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the American Legion.
Mike was tall in stature and big in heart, never falling to tell you “God Bless You”.
Mike leaves behind an extended family to cherish his memory, his sisters, Beverly (Steve) Spiewak, Patricia Bittrick, Margaret Kochman; his brothers, Edward (Kitty) Kochman, Richard Kochman; 13 nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews; four great-greatnieces and nephews; numerous cousins and his beloved feline boys, Tat and Willie.
A special thanks to all who visited and prayed for Mike.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am. Interment with full military honors will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA at 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton.
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