FLOWERS Richard Alphonse Richard Alphonse Flowers, 81 years, of Temperance, MI, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born in Toledo to Alphonse and Victoria (Gorzelski) Kwiatkowski July 6, 1929. He married Phyllis (Hejnicki) July 26, 1958, who died January 4, 2001, after 42 years of marriage. A devoted husband and father, Richard is survived by his children, Nancy Flowers, Mary Jo (John) Roberts, Suzanne Flowers and Paul Flowers; grandchildren, Nathan, Gabriel and Jacob Roberts. He is also survived by Helen Mandeff Domalski Flowers, who he married in October, 2003. He worked at Jeep Daimler Chrysler in production scheduling over 37 years retiring in 1989. He was a 1947 Woodward High graduate and attended The University of Toledo 3 years. He entered active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950 with Toledo's 8th Infantry Battalion. At Woodward High he played Clarinet in the band and at that time also began playing with the Polish American Concert Band until his death. He also played with the UT band, the U.S. Marine 8th Infantry Battalion band, the U.S. Marine band in San Diego, CA and other bands around Toledo. He enjoyed his music, gardening and belonged to a number of plant societies. He was a long time member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance, MI. Visitation will be held at Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Avenue, Temperance, MI, on Sunday, January 16, from 2 until 8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church at 11 AM where he will lie in state after 10 AM. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Published in The Blade from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2011.