September 22nd, 1970 - July 27th, 2016
Kenneth Edward Kowalski, age 45, passed away on the evening of July 27, 2016, at Florida Hospital in Carrollwood, Florida, surrounded by loved ones. Ken was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 22, 1970. He was the seventh child, and the fourth son, of James Martin and Janis Mary (Dorsey) Kowalski.
Upon graduating from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati in 1988, Ken joined the U.S. Army, where he served for 27 years with distinction, earning numerous commendations.
Ken was a brave and loyal soldier, but first and foremost, a patient and loving father. He was blessed with a generous sense of humor, natural empathy, and a zest for life. Ken was loved by many and was often described as a favorite co-worker, charitable friend, cherished cousin, dutiful brother, favorite uncle, devoted father and loving son.
Ken is survived by parents, Jim and Janis Kowalski; children, Abby, Chloe, George and Mitch Kowalski; siblings, Lt. General (ret) James Kowalski (Julanne), John Kowalski (Nancy), Ruth Connolly (John), Mary Kay Kowalski, Ann Kohls (Bryon), Joseph Kowalski (Anne), Kathryn Keita (Kande), Michael Kowalski (Christina), and Patricia Cooper (Brian); and countless dear friends and relatives.
A mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Jim Elsbernd will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Church in Hamilton, followed by interment at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Hamilton, Ohio. Visitation will be held Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Avenue in Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to St. Joseph Consolidated School in Hamilton Ohio.
1SG Robert Soice
|Rest in Peace my brother. You are deeply missed but we shall meet again.|
|My deepest condolences to your family. Ken was my co-worker in Tampa. He was a great guy, caring and funny. He will be missed.|
Barry L Boone Jr
|1SG Kenneth Kowalski is one of the Best Leaders that has made me smile on days when I didn't want to smile. He was a Leader that did put His Soldier's needs above his own. He always had the best stories that always made you laugh and stories about helping others. We're going to miss him, but Heaven has an Angel that I'm pretty sure has everyone laughing and having a joyous time!! Thank you Top K for your leadership, professionalism, motivation, and your comical stories!|
Bobbi & chris Hornsby
|So sorry for your loss. I know words can not heal but time will ease the pain. My thoughts and prayers are witn all of you. May God bless you and help you find peace during these differcult times. .|
|During this very difficult time, all of you who were very special to Ken, have been in my thoughts and prayers. I will continue this.|
|Dear Ken, you will be missed by so many people. No one could make me laugh the way you did. You will always be very special to me and I will hold the memory of you close to my heart. God bless your entire family and be their guardian angel now and rest in peace. Love, Kitty|
|Take comfort in your memories as he will live there forever. You have my deepest sympathy.|
Col. Chris and Debbie Jensen
|Our family sends prayers and deep sympathy for your loss. May God soften the pain and grant you mercy and kindness in your grief.|
|My sincerest condolences on your lost. Ken was a valued member of the Army team here in Tampa and a good friend. He will be missed.|
Ellery Savage Jr.
|I graduated with Ken from Moeller in 1988 and will always remember that he was genuinely liked by everyone at the school, always willing to lend a hand and a wicked sense of humor. My sincerest condolences to his parents and siblings. To be taken so young must be heartbreaking. Rest easy, my friend.|
|Kenneth was a good friend and Brother I will miss the times we joked and singed songs adding our own words to the songs. May God bless the family of this great brother and fellow Soldier. 1SG (Retired) LeGrear Montgomery Recruiting Battalion|
Jim and Louise Gomer Bangel
|We were very said to learn of Kenny's death. What a terrible blow for his children and others in his family. We have fond memories of the times we shared on Winding Way as our children were growing up together. It's so nice to still have Joe and his family just down the street. Our deepest sympathies to everyone.|
|Thank you MSG Kowalski for your leadership, guidance and friendship. You truly meant a lot to me, my family and countless soldiers. I am glad that I got a chance to know you on a personal and professional level. You are missed brother. You brought a lot of joy and laughter to this world we love you, and we will keep your memory alive.|
|Jim and Janis We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our hearts and prayers are with you. John and Kathy|
|Ken has always thought of others before himself.|
|So sorry for your loss. Ken was an amazing neighbor and friend. Always had a huge smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.|
|im so sorry to hear about kens passing.im sorry i wont be able to be there, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.my deepest sympathy to your whole family. julie montgomery|
|BEST WISHES to the FAMILY. He was one of my heros. Gonna miss you brother|
|My deepest condolences to your children and family.So sorry for your loss.I was not fortunate to know Ken ,however I knew his children's mother Jennifer. Again my sincere condolences!|
Sophia Kowalski Czyz
|I heard about Ken today. While we were only married two years, Ken was smart, had a ton of common sense and he was funny. Countless people will miss him.|
|Although I didn't know Kowalski very long, he was always so friendly. He was a very kind and funny guy that always carried such a positive attitude. My mother and I clean the offices where he worked in Tampa. He would always come up and offer a fist bump and make you smile. Our condolences to his family and loved ones. I know how much he will be missed!|
vicki and fred marks
|We didn't know Kenneth, but know Jim and Julie. We send prayers and sympathy to the family. Very sorry for your loss.|