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John Frederick "Big John" Valitzski

September 5, 1956 ~ September 23, 2019 (age 63)

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John Frederick “Big John” Valitzski, 63, of Cataula, GA passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Columbus Hospice House.  A celebration of life will be held at the Ellerslie Train Depot, 4780 Harris Rd, Ellerslie, GA on Saturday, October 12, 2019 beginning at 4:00 PM. 

John was born on September 5, 1956 in Columbus, GA to the late Thomas and Ruth Valitzski.  He was medically retired from the nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer, Yancey Bros., where he worked as Parts Manager.  “Big John” was a loving husband, father, PaPa, son, and friend.  He enjoyed watching movies and drag racing, especially when he could share those times with his son-in-law, Wayne, and grandchildren.  Everyone who was around John quickly realized that, without a doubt, his family was his pride and joy.  This wonderful man holds a very special place in each one of their hearts and will be greatly missed.

Other than his parents, John is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 24 years, Karen Coxwell Valitzski; and two brothers, Ronnie Valitzski and Bobby Valitzski.

Survivors include his daughter, Nickole Miller (Wayne) of Cataula, GA; three grandchildren, Austin Miller, Justin Miller, and Dustin Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Columbus Hospice House, 7020 Moon Rd, Columbus, GA 31909.

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Celebration of Life
October 12, 2019

4:00 PM
Ellerslie Train Depot
4780 Harris Road
Ellerslie, GA 31807


Columbus Hospice House
7020 Moon Road, Columbus GA 31909
Tel: 1-706-243-0383

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