Steven John Poulos  WWII

STEVEN JOHN POULOS - OBITUARY

March 14, 1925 - January 14, 2006.

Steven J. Poulos "Pappy" 1925 ~ 2006

Steven John Poulos' life was taken tragically on January 14, 2006. He was shot in the back and found in the basement of his home in Holladay. He was born March 14, 1925 in Salt Lake City to John Steven and Chrisula Changus Kyriakopoulos. He married the love of his life, Billie Loukas Poulos on Feb. 15, 1959 in Salt Lake City. Steven graduated from South High School as a champion swimmer. After graduation in 1943 he was called to serve his country. He landed in Normandy, France June 6, 1944 in the second wave at 6:30 in the morning. He fought two, long, hard weeks and saw the loss of his many comrades. He wouldn't talk about it for years, but always remembering those brave men that never returned. He received five bullets from a German machine gunner as they approached St. Lo but along with his will to survive he came through it after one and a half years of hospitalization. Steve returned home and attended the Utah State University affiliating with Sigma Chi. The automobile business was his life - he began selling Kaiser Frasier in 1953 and in the early 60's he started his own business, Poulos Motors Inc. and his motto was "Buy At The Sign of The Crown". In 1970 he joined Laury Miller Pontiac (later Mark Miller). He left Pontiac in 1989. He was the top salesman for Pontiac for over 20 years. His customers were loyal because Steven "did what he said and what he said he did"! If he didn't know someone he knew someone that knew them. Steven was also a member of the El Kalah Temple of the Shrine and a Thirty Second Degree Mason. He was responsible for sponsoring many unfortunate children for medical help at Shriner's Children's Hospital. Steven is survived by his wife Billie and together they raised three children, son Nicholas; daughters: Stephanie (Maxx) Arrasi and Vickie (Rich) Sangberg; five grandchildren: Anthony, Christina, Michael Arrasi and Steven and Alexa Sangberg. From a previous marriage Steven leaves behind two children: John (Jane) Poulos, Debora (Peter) Wood and grandchildren: John, Jason, Tasha, Jamen, Stephan and Charsti Poulos and Andrew Wood. He is also survived by his sisters: Toula (Andrew) Souvall and Kula (Bill) Pippas, brother George (Nedra) Poulos as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Pete Poulos and sister Bessie Colovos. Friends may call Thursday, January 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with Trisagion Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 5335 S. Highland Drive. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 1342 E. 500 S. in Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be sent to Holy Trinity Restoration, 279 S. 300 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 or Ronald McDonald House at 1135 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102. and the Disabled American Veterans at 273 East 800 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Steven J. Poulos May His Memory Be Eternal.

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