September 19, 2014

Richard P. “Dick” Stodolak

Died Aug. 7, 2014


Richard Paul “Dick” Stodolak son of the late Michael V. and Mary V. (Gaworski) Stodolak, born Aug. 12, 1930, in Hamtramck, passed away Aug. 7, 2014, at Monroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Fla., at the age of 83.

He owned and operated Alumi Craft, Inc., in Omer, which also had offices in Midland and Bowling Green, Ky., for more than 40 years. He retired to Belleview, Fla., in 2005 with his loving wife, Roz.

Dick enjoyed giving back to the community. His efforts included projects such as the pavilion at the Omer ballpark, while president of the Omer Area Business Association, and the restoration of the former post office into an antique store, and Oliver’s Kampers into a restaurant, which is still used today. The projects that Dick was most proud of were restoring the old Staley Hospital and recruiting a doctor to open a walk-in clinic (currently used for Head Start program).

After his retirement he was content to do small woodworking projects in the garage and tend to his citrus trees in the backyard.

Dick leaves behind his wife, Roz (Freeman), whom he married on March 30, 1995, in Bardstown, Ky.; two sons, Richard A. and Sheralene (Mowbray) Stodolak of Omer and Ronald L. and Carrie (Steward) Stodolak of Twining; two stepchildren, Sherry (Morley) and Mark Turblood of Gladwin and Scott and Abbey (Smith) Morley of Waterloo, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Zurvalec of Saginaw; a sister-in-law, Mina Stodolak of Standish; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Tyler of Arlington, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Mary; a brother, Carl Stodolak of Standish; a sister, Elinor Tyler of Arlington, Ky.; and a brother-in-law, Bernard Zurvalec of Saginaw.

Funeral services are being held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church with Father David Parsch presiding, with burial in the Saint Edwards Catholic Cemetery in Omer.

On Wednesday, family will be present to receive guests in the church at 9 a.m.

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