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Francis W. “Goose” Kudel


2:00 to 4:00 PM & 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hindman Funeral Home (Frankstown)

Funeral Service

11:00 AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Kudel, Francis W. “Goose”, 94, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord April 8, 2017 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans home. Born June 6, 1922 in Johnstown, a son of William A. and Florentine L. (Sedlmeyer) Kudel. Preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Carl A. Kudel.  Survived by his sister Thelma R. Ponchek, Johnstown; his nieces and nephews, Lewis Ponchek (Lois), Dolores George (Barry), Janet Ritter (Joe), Marlene Kotch (Kevin), all of Johnstown; he is also survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. As a young man he worked for Coney Island until he was old enough to start working at Bethlehem Steel in the car shop, and eventually the Coke plant. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on October 12, 1942, when he graduated basic training he had the rank of Corporal, he was then sent to Massachusetts and promoted to Seargent, and placed in command of new recruits in his unit. He served as a radar technician in the 359th Battalion, 1st Platoon, Co. B. He was sent overseas in February of 1943, and was wounded in Germany in March of 1945; he received an Honorable discharge in April of 1946, and then returned home and started his own truck driving business, and delivered coal. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Friends will be received on Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. 1521 Frankstown Rd., Johnstown. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 408 Luzon St. Johnstown, PA 15902. Father Robert Rustin, Officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, P.O. Box 319 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery. Menoher Post #155 VFW will provide Military Honors. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for all the loving care they provided for “Goose” while he was there. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 1521 Frankstown Rd., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans & Family Memorial Care,” Condolences may be made at

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