Dr. George Otwell Kowalk

George O. Kowalk, DDSAge 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.

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Sergio and Cathy Perez
June 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

Sergio and I want to say that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time when you are mourning the loss of your father.
We know he was very special to you from how you talked about him often to us.
May you remember all of the good times that you had as a child with him and these memories will put a smile on your face and know that he is being taken care of up in heaven.
Sergio anc Cathy Perez

Julie French Cole
June 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Kat & Kevin,
You and your Dad are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs & Kisses Julie

Art & Dell Letts
June 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Kat, Kevin and Pete,

Sorry we can’t be there for the funeral service on the loss of your father/brother George since we are currently in Albuquerque NM. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as are those of Deb (Sky) at this time of your loss.

Art & Dell

Marion Reighard Heller Contompasis
June 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

My thoughts are with you Kevin and Kathy in the loss of your father. I know how much he loved you. Praying that he has entered heaven and been enveloped in love.

Jim Kellogg
June 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

Just heard from Ot about George. Pete, tried to contact you on the cell number I have for you without success. I realize the service is tommorow and you have your hands full. Please do contact me when you have some time, (770-313-1434).

I am sorry to hear of George’s passing. He certainly lived a full colorful life without a dull moment! My best personal regards to everyone-Jim

Tracy (Kellogg) Shaw
June 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

So sorry to hear of Uncle George’s passing. My father just told me today. I am so sorry. Some of my fondest childhood memories are sailing on his
Catamaran on Lake Michigan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless,
Tracy Shaw of Edgewater, MD


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