Martin A. Semonick, 88, of Scammon, Kan. died at 4:25 a.m. November 6, 2010 at Maude Norton Hospital following a long illness.
He was born January 5, 1922 at Cherokee, Kan., the son of Martin and Catherine (Sedusak) Semonick.
He lived in Scammon, Kan. since February 5, 1949 when he was married to Rosalie Knight. She preceded him in death on February 24, 2002.
He attended Cherokee schools and was a 1939 graduate of Cherokee High School. He attended Kansas State Teacherís College, graduating in May of 1949.
Mr. Semonick worked for the Commercial Fuel Coal Company before volunteering to join the U.S. Army Air Corp in December 1941. He was a member of the US 303rd Bomb Group, known as the Hellís Angels that flew the first B-I7 bomber air raids from England to France and Germany. Martin was twice shot down in combat, the second time becoming a prisoner of war for two years at Stalag 17-B in Austria.
He received numerous medals including the Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, four air medals and a presidential citation. He was a member of the Columbus American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
After his graduation from college in May of 1949, he became an advanced salesman for the Jewel Tea Company. He began employment at the Cherokee County Courthouse as a social worker in 1950. He became supervisor in 1960, director in 1968 and manager for both Cherokee and Labette County Social and Rehabilitation Services at Parsons, Kan. where the main office was located. He retired in 1986.
Mr. Semonick was an active fisherman and hunter. He belonged to the Cherokee Gun Club since 1950 and was secretary and treasurer for the first 40 years. He also was a taxidermist since 1965.
He was a member of the St. Bridgetís Catholic Church in Scammon.
In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert A. and August Semonick; three sisters, Katie Semonick, Amelia OíHara and Annie Semonick.
Survivors include a Ed Semonick and Anita Davolt of Columbus and a sister, Jane Custer of Scammon, two grandchildren Eric and Aron Davolt and three great grandchildren Kristina, Alexis and Gracie Davolt,
Graveside services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Hosey Hill Cemetery with Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung officiating.
Friends are requested to meet at the Cemetery for the services. Informal viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 am until 12 noon Wednesday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus.
The Columbus American Legion will provide flag folding rites at the graveside. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and/or The Alzheimerís Association. Services by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave Columbus, KS.