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Masaru Mush Kojima

May 11, 1932 February 17, 2008
Masaru Mush Kojima
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MASARU "MUSH" KOJIMA, 75, of 1003 S. Bluff, Albany, IL, died Sunday, February 17, 2008 at his home. Masaru was born May 11, 1932 in Arthur, UT to Chutaro and Uta (Nishida) Kojima. He graduated in 1950 from Cyprus High School in Arthur, UT. He married Lucille Kreuder on August 4, 1961 in Kaiser Slautun, Germany. She died July 2, 1995. He later married Carol McCann on May 20, 2000 in Bloomingdale, IL. Mush began his career working at the Federal Government Department of the U.S. Army at the Tooele Ordnance Depot in Tooele, UT. In the early 1950"s, he trained at the U.S. Army Ammunition Inspector School at the Savanna Ordnance Depot in Savanna, IL. After completion of the training in 1955, he served in a variety of positions at various locations around the world, supporting American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. His duty assignments included Tooele Ordnance Depot, UT; Seneca Ordnance Depot, NY; Savanna Ordnance Depot, IL; Germany; Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, IL; Korea; Pueblo Army Depot, CO; Washington, DC; and Rock Island, IL. After 40 years of loyal and dedicated service to his country, Mush retired as the Deputy of the Defense Ammunition Directorate, U.S. Army Armament Munitions and Chemical Command, Rock Island, IL. He originated the Rock Island Amputee Support group, counseling amputees to help them adjust and carry on with their lives. He was a member of the Joliet York Rite AF & AM of IL, Wilmington, IL Lodge #208, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Al Kaly Shrine of Pueblo, CO. Mush is a 57 year member of the Lions Club International, starting his membership in the Savanna Lions Club, and currently a member of the Rock Island Greater Lions Club, where he served as president and secretary for 21 years. He is a past president of the Lions of Illinois Foundation, a 12th Level Foundation Fellow and Melvin Jones Fellow, and was a recipient of the Lions of Illinois Foundation Lifetime Service Award. He was an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 46 in Savanna and a member of NARFE "National Association for Federal Employees and Annuitants. A memorial to the Lions of Illinois Endowment Fund has been established. Survivors include his wife, Carol; two stepdaughters, Alaina Rivers and Gayle (Mrs. David) Thomas; one stepson, Daryl (Jane) Rix; several step grand and great grandchildren; one sister, Misako (Mitsui) Takahashi of Utah; nieces, Barbara Takahashi and Kerrye (Phil) Takahashi; nephews, Scott (Sue) Kojima, Gerry (Linda) Kreuder, and Rex Kreuder; and several great and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille; two brothers, Toshio and Tadayoski Kojima.

FUNERAL SERVICE 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Albany United Methodist Church " Albany, ILOFFICIATING Rev. David W. Davies, Pastor of the Albany United Methodist Church " Albany, IL VISITATION 3:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday, February 22, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with a 7:30 PM Lions Club serviceINTERMENT 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Savanna Township Cemetery " Savanna, IL

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