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James Kawchak, MD


2 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2015


Funeral Service

6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hindman Funeral Home (Frankstown)

Kawchak, James, MD, 90, Berlin, died December 9, 2015 at Meadowview Nursing Center.  Born November 22, 1925 in Johnstown; son of the late Michael and Kathryn Kawchak.  Preceded in death by wife, Madeline; son, Mark; and siblings, Michael Kawchak, John Kawchak, Mary Jakell, and Ann Sinoply.  Survived by sons, Victor Kawchak, San Jacinto, CA and Steven Kawchak, Ewing, NJ; as well as older sisters Julia (Lou) Dzurma and Irene Trotz, both of Johnstown.  He leaves behind grandchildren, Brook, Gretchen, Kevin, Natalie, Courtney, Catherine, Christopher, and Madeline; as well as four great-grandchildren, Sorelle, Jake, Olivia, and Gavin.  James grew up in the Woodvale section of Johnstown.  He played football at Johnstown High School and received a scholarship to Duke University.  While at Duke, he was drafted into the war to become an Infantry Army Officer at Ft. Benning, GA.  At the conclusion of the war he returned to graduate from Duke University Medical School, Phi Beta Kappa.  He did his residency in Southern California and realized the hazards of automobile accidents.  He joined the Ford Motor Co. to build safer cars in 1954 after his residency.  This propelled him to Medical Director of the Ford Motor Co.  He practiced medicine and concentrated on building safer cars for 19 years.  After the death of his wife, he returned to the area he grew up.  He practiced as a country doctor and started an organic apple orchard without the use of pesticides and herbicides.   He has practiced medicine with a love of his patients that will always be remembered.  He is truly one that loved God, and the people around him that he so cherished.   Friends received Thursday, December 17,  from 2 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.  1521 Frankstown Rd., Life Celebration Director, Wayne Ayer, officiating.  Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.”