John J. Chodacki, a World War II Army veteran and retired engineer, died Saturday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after brief illness. He was 81.
A Niagara Falls native, Mr. Chodacki grew up in Sanborn and attended local schools. He served in the Army during World War II in Hawaii and the Pacific Theater and was educated as an electrical engineer during his military service.
He worked as an electrical engineer at Bell Aircraft Corp. for 20 years, then worked for 20 years as a head engineer in the maintenance department of Bell Aerospace Textron Life-o-med, retiring in 1988. He was a ham radio operator and a member of the Amateur Radio Operators of the Tonawandas.
His wife, Betty L. Clark Chodacki, died in 1988.
He is survived by two daughters, Roberta Chodacki-Ford of Americus, Ga., and Deborah of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a sister, Jean Griffin of Niagara Falls; and a half sister, Julia Prokop of Lewiston.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.