Richard William Szymanski

December 4, 1923January 9, 2019

Szymanski, Richard William Age 95

Born in Sumpter Twp., MI on Dec. 4, 1923, departed on Jan. 9, 2019

Resided in Westland, MI

Dearest husband of the late Florentine Mary Szymanski. Beloved father of Laura (Leo Jr.) Kowalyk, Paul (Sandra), Richard Jr. (Judy) and James (Kathy). Loving grandfather of Leo III (Kirsten) Kowalyk, Karl (Andrea) Kowalyk, Kelly, Paul Jr, (Jamie), Michael (Kellie), Keith (Sherry), Amy (Garrett) Ignasiak, Michelle (Derek) Zuidema, James, Andrew, John and Steven. Also survived by 15 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Bernice Rostkowski and the late Chester Sims.

Visitation Friday January 11, 2019 from 2:00 pm-9:00 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia. Vigil service Friday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral service Saturday January 12, 2019, in state at 11:00 am until the time of Mass at 11:30 am at St. Colette Catholic Church 17600 Newburgh Rd. in Livonia. Richard will be laid to rest at St. Hedwig Cemetery.


  • (the late) Florentine Mary Szymanski, Wife
  • Laura (Leo Jr.) Kowalyk, Daughter
  • Paul (Sandra), Son
  • Richard Jr. (Judy), Son
  • James (Kathy), Son
  • Leo III (Kirsten) Kowalyk, Karl (Andrea) Kowalyk, Kelly, Paul Jr, (Jamie), Michael (Kellie), Keith (Sherry), Amy (Garrett) Ignasiak, Michelle (Derek) Zuidema, James, Andrew, John and Steven, Grandchildren
  • Bernice Rostkowski and (the late) Chester Sims, Siblings
  • Also survived by 15 great grandchildren


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Vigil Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • In state Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2019

Richard William Szymanski

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Kenny Killmer

January 13, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Richard's thunderous laughter bellowing throughout Grandma Beatrice's house every year at the cornroast, it was one of the common fixtures there. I am also very thankful that I had the opportunity to sit down & talk with Uncle Richard at the last cornroast I attended a few years back. Being a self described WWII historian, I naturally had to inquire Uncle Richard of his time in the Pacific theatre. He told me things I never knew such as the fact that he served on the USS Raleigh, a light cruiser that was one of the ships damaged in the Pearl Harbor attack. Well, the Raleigh returned quickly returned to service, & with Uncle Richard manning the twin 40s handed out some retribution to the Japanese. Thank you Uncle Richard for your laughter, kindness, great stories & for your service Sir, Godspeed.

David Knasiak

January 11, 2019

Dick was a great father figure for the beaverland Gang. Good memories of him growing up there. I am glad I saw him at the reunion. David Knasiak is praying for the family. God bless you.