Age 74, of Lansing, passed away June 1, 2012. He was born August 6, 1937, in Battle Creek, to Henry and Katherine Kowalk. George graduated from East Lansing High School, did his undergraduate study at Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He was a flight instructor in the U.S. Navy, and was a prominent Dentist, practicing in Dearborn, Lansing and East Lansing, and retiring from a practice in Suttons Bay. He was an avid sports fan, especially cheering for the Spartans, and enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing and was a participant with the National Ski Patrol, although sailing was his passion.
Surviving are: son, Kevin Kowalk of East Lansing; daughter, Katherine (Kowalk) Moore of Belleville; 3 grandchildren, Michael Goller, MacKenzie and Maxwell Moore; brother, Peter Kowalk; nephews, Kurt and Brandon Kowalk; and former wife, Gloria Floden. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Cindy Kellogg.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Due to George struggling for many years with mental illness, his family would appreciate memorial contributions to Community Mental Health, 812 E. Jolly Rd., Lansing, MI 48910, in memory of George Kowalk, in lieu of flowers.