SARASOTA - Ludwig "Richard" Byak, II, a resident of Sarasota and Lakeland, Florida, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, due to respiratory failure.
Richard was born December 30, 1944, in Dunedin, Florida to Erna Polleit Byak and Ludwig Richard Byak. He was a Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS America during the Vietnam era. Following his military service he went on the graduate from the College of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He worked as an architectural representative for O'Keefe-Painter Architects LLC in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Robert Byak (Linda) and his nephew Bryan Byak and his niece Kaitlyn Byak, all of Lakeland, Florida.
Services will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Lakeland, Florida at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 7. Visitation with the family will be at 1:30 in the church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to .

Published in Ledger from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2012