Kozlowski, Richard

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Richard Joseph Kozlowski, age 80, of Gaylord, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Richard was born on March 2, 1937, to Isadore and Mary (Szocinski) Kozlowski. The youngest of six siblings, he grew up with a deep appreciation for family. On August 8, 1959, he married Loretta Kassuba, and together the pair raised five children. Richard was heavily involved with St. Mary Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a skilled fixer-upper, and could do any hobby, task, or job with ease. For many years, he played in a polka band, and was also involved with the fire department, the Walloon Lake Flywheelers Club, and the Valley Truck Equipment Company. Most of all, though, his family will remember him as a great father and a wonderful husband.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta; children Merri (Harald), Laura (Scott), Brian (Kristie), Michelle, and Kristopher (Kevin); five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings-in-law, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Isadore and Mary; two brothers; three sisters; and parents-in-law Albert and Anna Kassuba.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

Visitation will be held at Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Sunday, February 25, from 3 – 8:00 PM, with a Rosary Service by the Knights of Columbus at 6:00 PM. A time for visitation will also be held on Monday at St. Mary Cathedral from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Blessed Solanus Casey Center of Detroit.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

17 comments on “Kozlowski, Richard”

  1. Doug and Connie Squires

    Loretta and family, we were so sorry to hear about Richard. Wish we could be there to help celebrate a life well lived, but know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

  2. Sylvester & Josephine Czerkies

    Dear Kozlowski Family,

    We are sorry to hear of Richard passing. Our sincere sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Tim & Jodie Samkowiak

    We are so very sorry to hear of Richard’s death Loretta. We always enjoyed the polka music and Shorty enjoyed the Mackinaw Bridge Tractor parade with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Timothy & Laurie Bingham

    So Sorry to hear about Richard, he has been through so much. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Dear Loretta, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this special time. You have such a wonderful family! May God bless you. Nancy Forcier, Stuart Florida.

  6. Loretta and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know Richard but he must have been a great man. May the peace of God be with all of you!

  7. Pat and Kelly Carroll

    Loretta- We are saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come! Pat and Kelly Carroll

  8. Qayne and Judy Miller

    Loretta, we are so happy to have gotten together with you and Richard last summer. It was a wonderful visit. You then said that you would be praying for us. We now will be praying for you and your family during this time of grief.

  9. Loretta and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I wish I could be there for the services but unfortunately too far away now. Sending love and hugs your way. Kathy (Weaver) Sobocinski

  10. Jim and Barb Lappan

    Rich’s life on earth touched many and his memories and moments will last forever. His smile and quiet style will be sadly missed.

  11. Carol and Hank Mrozek

    Dear Loretta and family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Richard was a truly gentle man. God is surely enjoying his music! We are unable to be with you as we are out of town. We will be in touch when we return. God bless you all!

  12. Marlene Czarkowski

    A Polka King has passed away. He was very talented with his accordion and has given many of us good memories at all the weddings attended in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a decent man with a nice smile. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

  13. Anita Franckowiak

    So sorry for you loss Loretta and family. I am in Texas and just received the message. Hoping it is not to late to express my Sympathy

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