KISHA, Andrew "Andy" 88, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009, in Dixon Health Care Center in Wintersville, Ohio.
He was born July 18, 1920, in Wolf Run, Ohio, the son of the late John and Anna (Redovian) Kisha.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, John, Joe, George, Steve, Nicholas and Paul Kisha and three siblings whom passed away in infancy, Anna, Michael and Peter Kisha.
Andy retired in 1982 after 37 years of service as a roll grinder in the Tin Mill at National Steel. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during W.W. II. He flew 50 missions and was a member of the 483rd Bomb Group. During his deployment he received an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Presidential Union Citation with four oak leaf clusters, W.W. II Victory Metal and Russian Victory Medal. He was a member of the St Andrew Orthodox Church in Mingo; the Brilliant American Legion Post 573; the Bomb Group Organization and the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Cecilia "Smitty" (Zatezalo) Kisha, whom he married November 9, 1947; a son, David Kisha of Milford, Ohio; a daughter Christine "Tina" McBean of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; two grandchildren, Nathaniel "Nate" McBean and Elizabeth "Liz" McBean; and three brothers, Samuel Kisha of Amsterdam, Ohio, Theodore (Ann) Kisha of Canton, Ohio and Alex Kisha of Columbus, Ohio.
Friends will be received on Saturday from 7-9 and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 101 Longview Ave., Mingo.
On Monday Andy will lay in state at St. Andrew Orthodox Church from 10 a.m until the time of his funeral services at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fr. John Kopcha, officiating.
Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, with Military Honors by the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.
There will be a Panahida on Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m.
Condolences and tributes may be shared at www.wheelerfuneralhomes. com.