on January 8, 2014 - 8:45 PM
Aug. 4, 1938 – Jan. 4, 2014
Donald J. Kobis, of West Seneca, a retired civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 75.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Bishop Timon High School in 1955, then attended the University of Buffalo and UB’s Millard Fillmore College. He served in the Army National Guard as a military policeman.
Mr. Kobis worked as a civil engineer for the DOT in design and utility from 1959 to 1995. From 1998 to 2008, he was resident engineer for Om Popli Consulting Engineering, Urban Engineering and Prudent Engineering.
He was a member of the New York State Public Employees Federation and the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers. He was the only person to receive the NYSATE Engineer of the Year Award two years in a row.
Noted for his wisdom and sense of humor, he was an avid golfer and bowler, whose top series was 601 with the St. Teresa’s Holy Name Society team. A member of Holland Hills Country Club, he was a volunteer gallery marshal at the Nationwide Tour Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek ’N Peak Resort.
He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, and Amherst Marina. He was a summer resident in Camp Chautauqua and the Town of Hanover.
His wife of 32 years, Gail Y. Sabo Kobis, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Daniel; four daughters, Mary, Judith, Joan Kobis-Bruce and Jean; a sister, Marcy Pienkowski; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Teresa’s Church, 1974 Seneca St.