HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Farrell for S.P. Costar, 83, of Lakewood Manor, who died Sunday in Sharon Regional Health System hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Costar was born April 28, 1918, in Farrell, a son of John and Mary Saljon Costar.
A 1936 graduate of Farrell High School, he worked for American Sheet and Template and Carnegie-Illinois Steel before entering the Army in 1942. He also studied at the universities of Maryland, Washington and San Francisco.
He attended Infantry Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in April 1943. He served during World War II in the China-Burma Theater as an adviser with Chinese Army units in combat operations until September 1945. During this time, he was promoted to Captain.
After his discharge, he was a partner with Carine and Company Wholesale in Sharon. He was recalled to active duty Oct. 11, 1950, and served with the Fifth Regimental Combat Team in Korea from September 1951 to August 1952. He also served in Europe and the Far East and retired as a lieutenant colonel in November 1967. He received numerous campaign, combat and administrative awards and medals during his service.
He was appointed to the Mercer County Redevelopment Authority and worked there until September 1972. He later received a Civil Service position with the Department of Revenue in Harrisburg, Pa., and became a supervisor in the personnel section, from which he retired in October 1980.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, National Association for Uniformed Services, Farrell VFW Post 5286 and Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex.
His wife, the former Rose M. Carine, whom he married Nov. 22, 1945, died Sept. 4, 1983.
He leaves a son, John C. of Hermitage; a granddaughter; and twin great-granddaughters.
Four brothers, Cornell, John, Alexander, and Alex, and a sister, Marion Toperzer, are deceased.
Friends may call from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today at Stevenson Funeral Home, Sharon.