Donald George Barnowski Sr., the last surviving child of Royal Oak pioneers Walter M. and Frances E. (nee Czeslawske) Barnowski, passed away Sept. 25, 2012.
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His brothers, John W., Joseph J. and Rudolph J., and sister, Edna (Beault), predeceased Mr. Barnowski.
He was the proud father of Michael J. of Howell, Douglas P. (Rita) of Howell, Walter M. of Royal Oak and Timothy D. (Tammy) of Howell. Another son, Donald G. Jr. (Maggie), passed away on July 2, 2012.
Mr. Barnowski was the proud "grampa" of nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Barnowski was born in Royal Oak on Aug. 9, 1919, and graduated from Royal Oak St. Mary's High School in 1941. After attending Lawrence Institute of Technology, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Barber's Point NAS in Hawaii. He was very proud of his service to his country.
Mr. Barnowski was employed at Lamina Tool and Die in Oak Park, retiring in 1984. His last years were spent tending his garden with his loyal companion, Queenie, by his side.
He was instrumental in creating the Berkley Youth Organization, the forerunner to the Berkley Dads Club for boys baseball. He was also very active in the Berkley Youth Hockey Organization. He loved to coach in both leagues.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling and camping. He had many friends in the Oscoda area and liked to help out at Mike's Restaurant.
Mr. Barnowski was also a life member of Berkley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9222.
Mass of Resurrection was held Sept. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell. Burial followed in Riddle Cemetery. Arrangements were by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Friends may sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Oct. 1 to Oct. 9, 2012