The Staff Sergeant John F. Kusior Memorial Scholarship is awarded in his memory annually in perpetuity to a deserving student.
John F. Kusior was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in the Central Pacific Theater in the Gilbert Islands and Iwo Jima from 1941 to 1945. He attended Washington University on the GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 32 years until he retired as District Engineer for Metro-East Department in 1989. After retirement, he worked as resident engineer on construction projects for cities and transit district in the Metro-east area of Illinois for 13 years. Caseyville IL was his home for 41 years where he served as Chairman of Caseyville Planning and Zoning Commission for 12 years. His wife, Eileen, and he moved to Plano TX in 1999 to be near his grandchildren. He continued his membership with the American Legion by joining Post 321 in Plano TX. John passed away at age 94 in January 2013. John had a high regard for education and hard work, both mental and physical. He appreciated the opportunities that applying both opened up in his life and endeavored to instill the importance of those into the work ethic of his children and grandchildren. His family is most pleased to honor him as a member of our greatest generation.