Alexander Sosnkowski, 93, of Quincy, died at 6:35 p.m. Monday (March 30, 2015) in Blessing Hospital.
Alexander was born and raised in Poznan, Poland until the out break of WWII when his father, General Kaziemirz Sosnkowski, left retirement and returned to active duty in defense of Poland. By this time Alexander had finished two years of college at the National Military Academy of Lvov, Poland and with the start of the war was assigned to a Polish destroyer, proceeded to England and joined the Polish naval task force under British command. After the close of the European theater, the Soviet Union demanded the dissolution of the Polish forces at the meeting of the "Big Three" ( the Allied powers of the United States, England and Russia) at Yalta. Seeing the coming Russian occupation of Poland, Alexander joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a mechanic, was stationed in Okinawa and as a result of his service in the Pacific theater was granted American citizenship in 1946.
With the end of WWII, he moved to Seattle, Washington and worked for Boeing Aircraft as the lead mechanic in Experimental Flight Testing during the development of the B-52 bomber.
In 1958, he married Anne Middendorf in the town of White Horse in the Yukon Territory of Canada and then moved to Juneau, Alaska where he worked for Alaska Coastal Airlines as well as the the the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads a surveyor. In 1965 he, his wife and year old son moved to Southern California where he worked in aviation manufacture and design for North American, Lockheed, and Hugh's aircraft companies. After retiring, he split his time between the home in California and his wife's ancestral house in Quincy, Illinois.
In his youth he was an avid skier and mountain climber who loved to travel, having seen much of the world during his military service. His love of travel continued into retirement with trips to Spain, Greece, and many times to his beloved Poland for official and non-official visits. As an avid reader his interests spanned world history, Greek, Roman, European, Civil War and a deep passion for astronomy as well as all great literature.
Alexander is survived by his wife, Anne; a son Michael Sosnkowski (Joanna); a grandson, Alexander Sosnkowski; his youngest brother, Peter Sosknowski; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sosnkowski was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, John, Anthony and Joseph Sosnkowski.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 in St. John's Cathedral by Bishop Stephen Strawn. Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 will be in Woodland Cemetery in Quincy.
Visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at St. John's Cathedral. The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Quincy Public Library.