Richard Stanley Ozgowicz
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Richard Stanley Ozgowicz
  • September 15, 1944 - July 21, 2017
  • Tallahassee, Florida

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Richard Stanley Ozgowicz, 72, has passed away after a long illness surrounded by his devoted wife Shirley, his daughter Deborah, and grandson Brett.

He served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam as a member of the Vietnam Pilots Assocation Flight School of '66-23/67-1. He then enjoyed a length career as an air traffic controller.

His hobby was collecting and restoring antique cars and was a past member of the Antique Automobile Club.

Richard loved spending time with his large family and grandchildren, eagerly awaiting their return and the activities he would plan with them. He loved to reminisce on the constant gatherings which he continued to be a part of throughout his illness. Some of his favorites were the many elaborate Easter egg hunts, and assembling Christmas toys for all of his children and grandchildren.

While Richard appreciated many religions, churches and services, above all he accepted our savior Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Ozgowicz, and a sister, Linda Feldhaus. Richard is survived by his loving wife Shirley, (whom he called the only love of his life), his beloved mother Geraldine Ozgowicz of Vero Beach, sisters Karen Siderakis of Washington, Wendy McIver and Denise Driscoll all of Vero Beach.

In addition he is survived by his children Ron (Denise) Wilkins and Deborah (Gary) Hadland, both of whom he loved and accepted unconditionally with open arms as his own children all of those many years ago, and daily made it known to them how thankful he was to have them in his life. Richard loved to say "There is not an "only" child in our home and that is a gift to have more relatives than you are born with." Richard is additionally survived by his daughter in law Janet McDaniel of Schererville, Indiana; grandchildren, Brett Vickers, Daniel (Charlotte) Hadland, Charlotte M. (Hunter) Bond, Bradley (Courtney) Wilkins, Abigail and Ryan McDaniel, and four great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his best friends, Terry (Gaynell) Hughes.