May 1, 1947- June 17, 2012
Richard James Nowak died Sunday June 17, 2012 at his home in Redmond, OR. He was 65.
Richard was born May 1, 1947 in Detroit Michigan to Richard and Nancy (Gillespie) Nowak. Richard was baptized as a Catholic, was an alter boy and attended Catholic school in Seattle until his junior year, when he transferred and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1965. That same year he relocated to Central Oregon. He married Linda Hartford on May 27, 1967, at St. Edward the Martyr Church in Sisters, Oregon. He worked as a supervisor at Brooks Scanlon Lumber Mill starting in 1966 and in 1976, moved to Whittier Moulding where he became Maintenance Superintendent. In 1995, he and his wife, Linda started Country By Design in Redmond, OR. Richard served on the Redmond City Council; he ran for county commissioner, was a founding member of High Desert Swap Meet and of Redmond Downtowners. He was also the Director of Sisters Chamber of Commerce. Richard loved working on antique cars, enjoyed serving his community, and cherished time with his family especially his grandkids.
Richard is survived by his wife, Linda Hartford Nowak; son, Mark Nowak of Redmond; daughter, Shelley Davis of Idaho; two grandchildren, Anika (6) and Paisley (14); two brothers, Steve and Greg Nowak, both of Seattle; and a sister, Cathy Nowak of Union, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. Donations can be made to American Cancer Society. Please sign our guestbook at www.redmondmemorial.com.