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SARKIS KOJIAN

June 28, 1923 ~ January 17, 2020 (age 96)

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Sarkis Kojian passed away January 17, 2020, in Livonia, Michigan. Born on June 28, 1923, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was the son of immigrant parents, Kevork and Evkina (DerSahagian) Kojian, who fled Armenia and survived the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The family moved to Rhode Island with him and his late siblings, Cristoper and Evelyn (Kurkechian) when they were young teenagers. Due to his father's illness, Sarkis, then age 15, began helping the family by working in the family's bakery. He delivered bread orders to area customers and stores. During World War II, Sarkis faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army. Stationed in the 2nd Armored Division, in Fort Hood, Texas, he was deployed overseas to Europe. Sarkis was in action with the second attack wave on bloody Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. As illness struck, Sarkis was alone in Belgium where a kind lady took care of him and nursed him back to health. Returning to civilian life in Detroit, he worked at General Motors Cadillac Division. He met Virginia M. Kalajian and they married in 1955. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two sons, Kraig and Kevin. In 1960, Sarkis, and Virginia's brother Harry Kalajian, opened Art's Party Store in Southfield, MI. A hard-working man, he supported his family by owning the business for many years until his retirement. Sarkis and Virginia were active with their friends in the community, especially bowling with Onnig Hachigian and Ara Mikaelian. They also enjoyed traveling all over the world, from Europe to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. On a special trip 32 years after his military tour to Europe, Sarkis was re-united with the kind lady who had cared for him during his illness. Sarkis leaves a lifetime of lasting memories for his loving family and friends.FAMILY MEMBERSBeloved wife, Virginia Madeline KojianChildren: Kraig and Lorie Kojian, Kevin and The Late Elizabeth KojianGrandchildren: Kristopher, Kaitlyn and AustinBrother, The late Christopher KojianSister, The Late Evelyn and Edward KerkechianAnd many other nephews, relatives and friendsVISITATION & FUNERALVisiting January 30, 2020 Thursday from 9:30am until time of Funeral Service at 1L00am in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128 (Between Southfield Fwy and Evergreen Rd)INTERMENT Woodlawn Cemetery - DetroitMEMORIAL DONATIONSSt Sarkis Armenian Apostolic ChurchCONDOLENCESKindly click on Share a Memory" and leave a loving remembrance/Condolence THANK YOUFLOWERSFLORISTS -Please deliver all flowers directly to the church by Thursday 9:00am

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