August 28, 2020
Andrew John Kralik, age 98, of Marysville, died peacefully Friday, August 28, 2020 at Walnut Crossing Assisted Living. He retired from Seimens (ITE Bulldog) in Bellefontaine where he was an electrical engineer. During his retirement, he also continued as a consultant with the company. Lovingly known by family and friends as “Andy,” he was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. A veteran of the United States Army, he served during World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 10, 1942. He trained as a pilot and from June 24, 1944 to October 5, 1945, he served active duty as part of the distinctive 310th bombardment group within the 12th air force. He was stationed on Corsica Island and Fano, Italy. As a first lieutenant, he piloted B-25 Mitchell bombers and commanded crew in aerial offensive operations against the enemy. Andy completed 51 combat missions, mostly involving attacking enemy supply routes and ammunition stores along the Brenner Pass and Po Valley in Northern Italy. This period in time was known as the true coming of the “age of air power.” Following his military service, at the urging of his brother, John, who recognized his math ability, Andy enrolled at the University of Detroit where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineer. Throughout his career in Michigan and Ohio, he was an inventor, acquiring over 30 patents for his work on circuit breakers. Andy possessed an analytical mind- solving mathematical problems was a favorite pastime. A family man and devout Catholic, he was an avid exerciser, even into his 90’s. He encouraged his children toward higher education and the benefits of a healthy mind and body. He was humble, “one-of-a-kind” and will be greatly missed. Andy grew up in Michigan where he was born May 14, 1922 in Detroit to immigrant parents from Krupina, Slovakia. Slovak was the language spoken at the family home. He grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from Northeastern High School on a vocation pathway. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Andrew Joseph and Mary Emerick Kralik; his brothers, Paul and John Kralik; his sister, Ann Oleksyk; and a son, Andrew Michael Kralik. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Rose Glodich Kralik, whom he married August 21, 1948 in Detroit; his children, Theresa (Charles) Sampsel of Dublin, Peter (Eileen) Kralik of Medford, Oregon, Barbara (Scott) Selig of Marysville, Gerard (Audrey) Kralik of St. Joseph, Michigan, John (Nancy) Kralik of Hudson, Ohio, Karen (Don) MacGillivray of Laguna Hills, California and Michael (Kelly) Kralik of Marysville; his grandchildren, Luke (Sophia) Kralik, Katie (Dan) Sengenberger, Paul (Shannon) Kralik, Karen Kralik, Vanessa (Chris) Higgins, Amelia (Dan) Greider, John (Suzette) Young, David (Sue McCoy) Young, Nathaniel Kralik, Joellen Kralik, Gabe Kralik and Tate (Sarah) Kralik; 15 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Colleen, Lucy, Hazel, Leo, Stewart, Jones, Allyson, Lauren, Henry, Conor, Cassidy, Declan, Rosabella, Piata, Allan, Laiana, Rachel, Easton, Ireland, Meredith, Benjamin; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh will officiate and burial will be at the church cemetery with military honors. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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