Culver-Stockton College mourns death of student

Culver-Stockton College mourns death of student

Students and staff at Culver-Stockton College are mourning the death of a former football player.

Twenty-one-year-old Anton Kozelichki died Thursday.

He was an athlete, sport's fan and a model student.

Kozelichki was a student that everyone loved at Culver-Stockton.

"He's been always a caring person and someone that you just want to have in your life," Kozelichki's friend Sean Mitchell said.

"The absolute best, just in every way, like I said he was a great friend," Culver-Stockon College Defensive Line Strength and Conditioning Coach Brent Holtrop said. "He was always willing to go out of his way, always cared for people and a great student in the classroom."

In his freshmen year, Kozelichki played for the Wildcats, but a medical condition forced him off the field.

"He had epilepsy and had some issues with seizures and things like that," Holtrop said. "He tried to battle through it as long as he could, and when it finally, really became a factor for him, he had to look at his future and that was hard for him to do because like I said, he wasn't the type of guy that worried about himself."

But that didn't stop Kozelichki from staying involved.

"He was a big supporter of anything athletic here at the school. If it was football, basketball, volleyball, he was there," Mitchell said. "He reported on, I believe most of the football games here at the school. If you listen to the radio station you probably heard his voice."

Kozelichki's friends said he will be deeply missed.

"He had a lot of life left to live and it's sad," Holtrop said.

Click here for the full obituary from McGuire & Davies Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held for Kozelichki from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at United High School in Monmouth, Ill. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at the same location.

A prayer gathering was held Thursday evening on the Culver-Stockton campus for students, faculty and staff and a memorial is planned on campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Charles Field House. Family members will be present for the on-campus memorial.