COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- John Albert Mazurek was born April 23, 1926, in Cambridge, Mass., to Polish immigrants, Albert and Rose Mazurek. There he joined his sister, Mary, and brothers, Ben and Al. Shortly after John's birth his mother became very ill and the children were placed in a Catholic orphanage and remained there until they reached their teenage years. This difficulty along with the Great Depression caused many challenges for the Mazurek family. In 1935 Albert Mazurek came to know the Lord as his personal savior and before long the rest of the family came to know and love the Lord as well.
In June 1944, John enlisted for service in the U.S. Army. He served with the 45th Division, 157th Regiment, crossing Europe as a scout. On March 29, 1945, enemy sniper fire hit the ammunition belts he was carrying. A series of exploding cartridges left him severely wounded. By God's grace he survived and there on the battle field he promised God that he would serve him the rest of his life. Despite the severity of his wounds and a lifetime of carrying dozens of shrapnel fragments in the muscles of his lower back, he went on to live an active life.
In obedience to God's call, he enrolled at North Central Bible Institute in 1947 and completed his bachelor's degree in Bible at Central Bible Institute in 1950. At North Central Bible Institute he met the love of his life, Lucille Berndt from McCook. They were married in McCook on June 7, 1950. He continued his studies at Faith Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa., where he received the Bachelor of Divinity degree.
Their first son, Robert John, was born in Wilmington, Del. in 1952. Their second son, James Albert, was born in Maquoketa, Iowa in 1955.
After several years of pastoral ministry in Iowa and Nebraska, John and Lucille were approved for missionary service to Latin America in 1961. After a year of language study in Costa Rica, John and Lucille served the Lord in Chile from 1963 to 1996. They labored there in church planting, Bible School direction and instruction, evangelism, and conferences and crusades about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
In 1996 John and Lucille retired to a new home and a new life in Colorado Springs, Colo.
John went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs with cardiac and respiratory failure.
John is survived by two brothers, Ben of West Harford, Conn., and Al of Charleston, S.C.; his wife Lucille; his sons, Robert and James; daughters-in-law, Gail and Ester; and five grandchildren, John, Jessica, Koreen, Jamie and James.
He will be sorely missed in two hemispheres.
John Mazurek will be buried at the Fort Logan National Cemetery.
The John Mazurek Memorial fund has been established in his honor. The memorial fund will provide scholarships to needy Bible School students in Chile. If you wish to donate to the fund, you may do so at any 1St Bank, or by mailing it to: John Mazurek Memorial Fund, c/o Robert Mazurek, 19019 E. Low Circle, Aurora, CO 80015.