Richard S. Kozak
October 18, 1941 – November 22, 2018
Retired Lt. Col. Richard S. Kozak, Illinois State Police, 77 of Algonquin was born October 18, 1941 in Chicago to Steven and Ann (nee Viggiano) Kozak and passed away peacefully November 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Richard was the fond husband of Mary A. (nee Casey); proud father of Kathleen, Michael (Kathryn) and Mark; grandfather of Casey and Sean; brother of Sandra LaSalvia; brother-in-law of Barbara (Vincent) Schavone, Marcia (late Thomas) Casey and the late Robert Casey and uncle to Rocco (Teri) LaSalvia, Anthony (Nicole) LaSalvia, Dina Shepard, Vincent Schavone, Andrea (Michael) Coletta, Autumn (Joseph) Orednick, Joseph Casey, Erin (Gary) Mares, John Casey, William Casey and the late Laura Galen. Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 3-8 PM at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner Street (Northwest Hwy/Rt. 14 at Rand Road) Des Plaines. Prayers will be said Friday, November 30 at 9:15 AM at the funeral home and proceed to St. Zachary Church, 567 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines for a funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Maryhill Cemetery.
- Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 30, 2018
- Interment Friday, November 30, 2018
Richard S. Kozak
November 29, 2018
I was very sorry to hear that Rick had passed away. I knew him from the State Police and during that time he was my boss for twenty years. He was a professional in every sense of the word and also a compassionate and caring friend to many of us. Fortunately we were able to stay in touch though quarterly lunch meetings, which he greatly enjoyed. His legacy is that he will be greatly missed, by a great many people.
November 25, 2018
I met and worked with Rick, starting at McCormick Place, and later at Navy Pier. He was a great friend, and we shared many, many stories from our past with the Chicago Police Department, and of course with his Illinois State Police and our mutual interests in the FBI National Academy. Even after our many years with the old McPier, we stayed in contact and frequently met for lunch. I always admired his management style, his animated recollection of past events, and his devoted loyalty to his family.
He truly will be missed by family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.