Roseville, California - Dr. Phillip M. (Phil) Ozenick, (PhD, Colonel, USAF Retired), dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grand father, career military officer and passionate former civic leader of Roseville and Placer County passed away peacefully in his home on March 4, 2021. Phil was one month shy of his 95th birthday.
Known to his friends as "Phil" and to his grand and great grand children as "Pop," Phil was born in Searights, Pennsylvania in April 1926. Phil, a first generation American, grew up in Republic, Pennsylvania, one of seven children to Nicholas and Mary Ozenich, his father immigrating to the United States from Croatia in 1917, and his mother joining his father in 1918 under a family arranged marriage.
Phil married Dorothea Jean (Dottie) Dodrill of Dunbar, Pennsylvania and was married 69 years until her passing in 2018. Phil and Dottie raised two children, Patti Jean and Mark.
Phil was a career military officer, being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the newly formed United States Air Force in 1949 and achieving the rank of Colonel in 1974. Phil served briefly in World War II in the United States Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Private in 1945.
During his 33-year career in the United States Air Force, Phil was stationed at Thule Air Force Base, Greenland, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Keflavik Air Force Base, Iceland, Willow Run Air Force Base, Michigan, Sembach Air Force Base, Germany, Niagara Falls Air Station, Niagara Falls, New York, Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base, Republic of Viet Nam, Hamilton AFB, California and The Defense Logistics Agency, Alexandria, Virginia.
During Phil's military career, he was awarded, among other recognition, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Phil earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Virginia and subsequently two Master's degrees, his first from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and second from the University of Southern California in Public Administration. Phil earned his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Phil was honored to serve the citizens of Roseville and Placer County as a two-term city council member, a one term Mayor, and County Supervisor. Additionally, Phil was President of the Roseville Historical Society and President of the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, (VFW). He was chairman of Friends of Roseville, (FORE), a nonprofit advocacy group representing the interests of the community with local government.
His love of his service to the community was apparent by the enthusiasm he exhibited and energy he expended in all of his efforts on behalf of the constituents of Roseville he had the privilege to serve.
Phil is survived by his two children, daughter Patti Healy of Citrus Heights and son, Mark Ozenick of Arlington Texas, three grandchildren, Erik Metzner of Sacramento, Kathleen Ozenick-Runyan of Brookhaven, Georgia and Kimberly Ozenick-Drenner of Ventura, California, and four great-grandchildren, Aubrey Metzner, Emerson Runyan, William Runyan and Brooke Drenner. Phil will be missed and fondly remembered by many.
Viewing will be on Thursday, March 11th 10am until 12pm at Cochrane & Wagemann Funeral Home, Roseville with limited attendance due to COVID restrictions. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 11th, 2pm until 2:30pm at Roseville Cemetery with limited attendance due to COVID restrictions.
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