George Koban of Neshaminy Manor, Warrington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, surrounded by family and his caring nurses. He was 90 years old.
George was born in Franklin Borough, Cambra County Pennsylvania to Phillip Koban and Paglia “Betty” (Selma) Koban on May 7, 1927. His father was a coal minor and he and his four brothers and two sisters learned early that hard work and family are the meat and potatoes of life.
George was preceded in death by his loving wife Barbara ( Sayers) Koban, his sweet daughter Suzanne( Arnold), brothers Andy, Charlie, Jim and Mike and sisters Eva and Mary. He is survived by 5 children; sons, Philip and his wife Carolee of Colorado, George and wife, Susan of King George, Virginia, Michael and wife, Judy of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and daughters, Diane Koban and Barbara Lyons and her husband Rick of Doylestown Township.
George was very proud of his children and bragged constantly of their accomplishments. In addition to his children, George was the proud grandfather of Alexandra Lyons Williamson, RJ Lyons and Dan Lyons, Hannah Koban, Maddie and Christopher Koban, Georgeanne and Philip Koban, Michael and Zak Koban,
Jason and John Koban and Michael Arnold, and 7 great grandchildren.
George was hard working, fearless and strong. Wanting to escape a life in the coal mines and steel mills of western Pennsylvania, george enlisted in the Navy and served time in the Philippines during the Korean Conflict. After, he obtained is GED and became a patrolman in the Philadelphia Police Department where is served until he was injured on duty and permanently disabled. He retired in Ebensburg on a large farm where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. An incident that has become family lore is one day George was hunting in the woods surrounding his homestead and came upon four escaped prisoners from the Cambria County Jail. He held them at bay until the sheriff came and retrieved them. This event made news in Philadelphia and George received a call from his former Chief of Police, Frank Rizzo, who congratulated George for his continued commitment to law enforcement.
After all his kids moved away, George and his wife, Barbara, sold the farm and moved to Crystal River, Florida where they lived until our Mother’s death. George moved to Neshaminy Manor in 2014.
George’s family is grateful for the kind and loving care he received from the nurses and attendants at Neshaminy Manor. He was happy to live there and called it his home. Rather than flowers, we ask that you instead contribute to “The Gardens” at Neshaminy Manor 1660 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976.
A funeral service is planned for Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington. Family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Hillside Cemetery will follow the service.