Former Cooper Landing resident Ludwig "Babe" Osowiecki died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. He was 61.
A memorial service will be held in the summer in Cooper Landing.
Mr. Osowiecki was born April 7, 1946, and raised in Thomaston, Conn. He was a 1964 graduate of Thomaston High School and attended Paul Smith College in New York. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Connecticut. He drove to Alaska for a vacation in 1970 and stayed in Cooper Landing for 16 years. He worked at the Sportsman's Lodge on the Russian River where he met his wife.
"After coming to know Christ as his personal savior, he became a member of the Kenai Lake Baptist Church in Cooper Landing," his family said.
He married Janice Loewecke on Sept. 22, 1972. After working for the U.S. Forest Service, he became a construction administrator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
"He was a dedicated and generous member of the community, he served as a deacon of Kenai Lake Baptist Church, an EMT on the local volunteer ambulance, and served a term as president of the Cooper Landing Community Club," his family said.
The family returned to Thomaston in 1986 where he worked for Henry M Osowiecki and Sons.
"Babe was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, hunting and fishing but his greatest pleasure was sharing these activities with family and friends. Most recently he ran a seasonal campground in Alaska, participated in the one-armed dove hunt in Olney, Texas, hunted in Colorado and Montana and enjoyed making maple syrup in Connecticut. Known for his kindness, patience and sense of humor, Babe never passed an opportunity to help anyone in need. As a result, he has many close friends from Alaska to Connecticut," his family said.
Mr. Osowiecki was preceded in death by his parents Henry Sr. and Lilian Osowiecki.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years; sons, Brian Loewecke and his wife, Elizabeth, of Atlanta, Ga., Jeff Osowiecki and his wife, Betsy, of Thomaston and Jonathan Osowiecki, of Thomaston; daughter, Beth Osowiecki, of Thomaston; grandchildren, Kristopher Loewecke, Katrina Loewecke and Samuel Osowiecki; sister, Rebecca Osowiecki, of San Jose, Calif.; brothers, Henry M. Osowiecki Jr., of Thomaston, James M. Osowiecki, of Bantam, Conn., and Greg Osowiecki Sr., of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his name to Kenai Lake Baptist Church, P.O. BOX 662 Cooper Landing, AK 99572.
Arrangements were made by Lyons Funeral Home in Thomaston, Conn.
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