Albert John Kochendarfer, 71, of Hopkins, husband of Nancy Mari Kochendarfer, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2021.
Born March 15, 1950 in Bedford, PA, he was the son of the late Robert John and Alice Breidenbach Kochendarfer. Albert was a 23-year retired Command Sargent Major with the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He was active for over fifty years with the American Legion Post 673 and a member of the Columbia VFW Post 641.
Albert also enjoyed many hobbies that included, refurbishing classic cars, motorcycles and tractors. In fact he loved repairing and working on any type of machinery. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. He instilled the love of family to all he met. He was a lifelong Presbyterian.
In addition to his loving wife of 29 years, Albert leaves behind a son, Joe Kochendarfer (Heather) of State College, PA; a step-son, David Chamberlain (Cynthia) of Clarksville, TN; three grandchildren, Lauren Masturzo, Shannon Collins and Maz Kochendarfer; three great grandchildren, Gabby Collins, Lucas Collins and Nico Masturzo; a sister, Roberta Cunningham of Schellsburg, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by a sister, Pennie Patterson.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, April 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors.
The family requests that those wishing to make memorials do so to the Disabled American Veterans, 6437 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC 29209
Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park is assisting the Kochendarfer family.
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