Lt. Col. (Ret) Andrew Bakos, USAF
Andrew Bakos passed away on Thursday April 12, 2018 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Bako was born in New Brunswick and graduated from New Brunswick High School. He furthered his education at Rutgers University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts and completed the ROTC program.
Mr. Bakos entered the United States Air Force in 1962 and served overseas during the Viet Nam War as a Navigator. During his military career he served at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and in Teterboro, NJ . He retired as a decorated Lieutenant Colonel in 1983 after twenty one years of faithful service to our country.
He continued to work as a consultant for various firms but most notably for Robbins Gioia where he retired as a Programs Manager in 2000.
Mr. Bakos was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Deer Meadow Farm Hunt Club and would frequently travel to hunt and fish to places like Alaska and the Amazon in Brazil. He was also fortunate enough to travel to locations like Africa, Canada, Australia and Hawaii.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Bakos of Brick and his children Scott Bakos and his wife Cheryl of Hollywood, FL and Beth McMahon and her husband Chris of Midlothian, Virginia, a sister Elsie Campbell of Alabama, Step Children John Schultz and James Schultz and his wife Rosie all of Milltown NJ, and grandchildren Katherine and Shannon McMahon, Riley and Cooper Bakos and Hunter and Dylan Schultz.
Visiting will be held on Wednesday April 18 from 4-8 PM at the Gleason Funeral Home 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. A funeral service will begin on Thursday April 19 at 10 AM at the funeral home. Please arrive by 9:45. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick. Contributions in Mr. Bakos’ name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital at www.stjude.org