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Sgt. Maj. John F. Urbanski, 87

April 28, 2011

NOV. 3, 1923-APRIL 25, 2011

Sgt. Maj. John "Ski" Francis Urbanski, USMC retired, 87, of Linden, Va., passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at his home.

A memorial service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham, Va., conducted by Father Alex Darby. Interment will follow in Leeds Episcopal Cemetery. All are invited to a reception following the services at the Leeds Episcopal Church Parish Hall.

Mr. Urbanski was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio, son of the late John Francis and Mary Lewandowski Urbanski. He attended Woodward High School in Toledo. Mr. Urbanski enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940. He participated in the landing and seizure of Peleliu Island and Okinawa as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Upon cessation of hostilities, he embarked for North China with the 1st Marine Division, where he participated in the landing, occupation and relief of the Japanese garrison in the Jangau-Takui area of China.

Mr. Urbanski also fought in the Korean War and participated in the assault and seizure of Inchon and the capture and securing of Seoul.

He retired from the USMC in April 1960, and sold Farm Bureau Insurance and trained bird dogs.

He was a member of the Warrenton Kennel Club, an honorary lifetime member of the American Brittany Club, and an honorary lifetime member, past president and founding member of the Rappahannock Brittany Club.

He was married to the late Nancy Ambler Urbanski, with whom he owned and operated Willow Run Kennels in Linden, which they began in 1969.  

He is survived by a daughter, Susan U. Simar and her husband, Ron, of Mercersburg, Pa.; a son, John "Jeff" Francis Urbanski Jr. of Linden; five grandchildren, Eric Ambler Mercer, Millicent Ambler Urbanski, John Francis Urbanski IV, Matthew Louis Simar and Seton Simar-Moritz; four great-grandchildren; five nieces; and three nephews.

Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Ray and Joe Urbanski; a sister, Sylvia Wojnowski; and two nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal is handling the arrangements.

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