Ray Kowalski, 89 died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, animals and sculptures on May 21, 2020. Ray was born on January 21, 1931 in Columbiaville, MI to John and Aneila Belski Kowalski of Poland.
Ray married Irene Coe in 1952 and had two beautiful daughters. He retired from Buick with 30 years of service and was excited to tell everyone that he had collected 38 years of retirement checks. After retirement Ray and Irene traveled and he loved to metal detect but it was welding that captured his heart. Ray turned their property into a beautiful garden with numerous sculptures. Ray was known throughout Lapeer for the incredible Christmas decorations that highlighted his art. Articles in the local newspapers brought many families from near and far to see the wonderment. This will be greatly missed by all.
Ray is survived by wife Irene, sister in law Joy Woods and sister Rose White of Lapeer. Daughters Evelyn (Jim) Templeton and Kathy Risdon. Grandchildren Bryan (Michelle) Templeton, Michael (Erynn) Templeton, Kristopher Risdon, and Janette Risdon. Inherited granddaughter Tasha Roberts-West. Great- grandchildren Brittni Templeton J.D., Austin, Peyton and Andrew Templeton, Katelyn Risdon, Ava and Addison Kolonich, and Kaylynn Risdon. Many nieces, nephews and furbabies Lucy, Sadie, Miggy, and Willow. Extended families of love: Snake and Kathy Roberts, Fred and Lynell Wright. Ray was preceded in death by 6 siblings and brothers and sister-in-laws:
Bud and Shirley Phillips, Paul and Mary Dorner, Claude and Orletta Holcomb, Joe and Rose Krawczyk, Wallace Coe, Willard Coe, and Marshall Woods. The family would like to extend their love and thanks to Ascension at Home Hospice including staff Michelle Templeton, Pam Brown, Dawn Hinz, Kris Kemper, Matt Gregson, Tony Revord and Elizabeth Long.
Cremation has taken place and no services are currently planned at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville.
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