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Richard D. Ossowski

January 27, 1937 — December 2, 2020

Richard Donald Ossowski was born January 27, 1937 in Blue Springs, Nebraska. He was one of five children of Matthew and Velva (Zugmier) Ossowski. Dick graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1955.

Richard was married to Eloyce Smith, and the union was blessed with three sons: Mike, Rick, and Tim. The couple later divorced. On July 8, 1965 Dick was united in marriage to Norma Jean Jeanneret Coatney in Fairbury, Nebraska. Norma’s daughter Joyce was welcomed by Dick, and a son Dale was born to Dick and Norma. The family originally lived in Blue Springs but later moved to Brock, Nebraska.

While living in Blue Springs Dick worked for Willett Trenching in Beatrice. After moving to Brock he first worked at Brock Grain in town. He then spent a short time as janitor for Brock Schools before going back to the elevator to work. Dick then went to work as a machine operator at American Meter in Nebraska City, Nebraska. He continued to work there until retiring in 1998 for health reasons.

Richard was a member of the Brock Christian Church. He loved to hunt and fish in his spare time and handed this passion on down to his sons and grandsons.

As a result of his failing health, Dick and Norma resided in several nursing homes in the area. Norma passed away in 2019 and he remained at Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse in Syracuse, Nebraska. It was there he passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 5 days. In addition to his wife Norma and his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his son Michael, granddaughter Angela Swanson, brother Norman, his sister and brother-in-law Donna and Mel Aden, and sister-in-law Bev Ossowski.

Dick is survived by his children and their spouses Joyce and Frank Swanson of Union; Rick Ossowski of Wymore; Tim and Patty Ossowski of Hastings; Dale and Julie Ossowski of Hastings; grandchildren (spouses) Erik Swanson, Nicole (Michael) Wagner, Joseph (Melinda) Evans, Kyndell Princ, Connor (Kylie) Ossowski, Gracyn Ossowski, Carrie Blanchard, John (Renee) Powers, Katie (Drew) Tillemans; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Robert James and wife Marlene Ossowski of Wymore; Larry Ossowski of Beatrice; sisters-in-law Rose (Roy) Edmonds of Plattsmouth; Anna Coatney of Gretna; Darlene Brown of Brock, Vera Jeanneret of Brock, Marilyn Jeanneret of Nebraska City, Yvonne Jeanneret of Auburn; brothers-in-law Dean (Linda) Jeanneret of Nebraska City; John (Helen) Jeanneret of Johnson; Clarence Jeanneret of Auburn; other relatives and friends.

A graveside memorial and committal service will be Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. at Clifton Cemetery near Brock. Social distancing and mask mandates will be in place.

Memorials are suggested to Clifton Cemetery.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Clifton Cemetery Near Brock


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