Obit: Kozlowski, Willard "Bill" Paul (1936 - 2009)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Kozlowski, Jagielo, Norman, Russell,
Mitchell, Hagge, Hernandez, Schuett, Mazurek, Severson,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) September 16, 2009
Kozlowski, Willard "Bill" Paul (18 December 1936
- 10 September 2009) With Flag
Willard "Bill" Kozlowski, 72, of Bemidji, MN,
died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the North Country Regional
Hospital, Bemidji, MN.
Willard "Bill" Paul Kozlowski was born Dec. 18,
1936, in Pray to Walter and Valeria (Jagielo) Kozlowski. He
attended High School where he met his future wife, Betsy.
Bill left home in 1954 at age 17 to join the United States Air
Force. He furthered his education while enlisted, attaining
an Associates degree. Feb. 28, 1958, he married Betsy Norman.
Bill and Betsy were blessed with five beautiful daughters, Sherry
(Gary) Russell, Karen (Patrick) Mitchell, Jill (Bob) Hagge, Kristi
(Jody) Hernandez and Lauren (Whitey Schuett)
service career spanned 21½ years. He attained the
rank of chief master sergeant. Chief master sergeant is the
ninth and highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. His primary
focus involved the maintenance of Minuteman ICBM missiles. After
retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Waubun, MN.
Bill picked up other occupations including driving school bus for
the Waubun school district. He did take time out to hunt and
fish. This forged lasting friendships and
31, 1992, at age 54, Bill met Jesus Christ in a personal,
life-changing way. He was overwhelmed by love and
forgiveness. He returned God’s love with a passion.
Bill enlisted in the service of the Lord. His newfound
strength, love and knowledge flowed to the rest of us. He
also joined ranks with the Gideon to extend God’s Word to
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the age of 72, Bill
died in the body. His spirit was set free to be with his
Lord. He left behind his loving wife, of 51 years, Betsy M.
Kozlowski of Bemidji; daughters, Sherry (Gary) Russell of Bemidji,
Karen (Patrick) Mitchell of Callaway, MN, Jill (Bob) Hagge of
Bemidji, Kristi (Jody) Hernandez of Ludington, MI and Lauren
(Whitey Schuett) Kozlowski of Perham, MN; 14 grandchildren; one
great-grandson; one brother, Edwin Kozlowski of Black River Falls,
aunts, an uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.
was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Kozlowski and Valeria
Mazurek; brother, Donald Kozlowski, and sister, Barbara
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.
18, 2009, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Bemidji, MN, with
Pastor Norm Gullingsrud and Gary Russell officiating. Family will
greet friends one hour prior to the service at the
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz
Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.
Visit our online guestbook at www.olson-schwartzfuneralhome.
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