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, Jr., 79, or St. Paul, Neb., died Nov. 8, 2006, at Howard County Community Hospital, following a long illness.

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, near St. Paul, to John R. and Anna (Curtis) Kowaiski. He received his schooling at Bunker Hill rural District 12, Elba Elementary and Elba High School graduating in 1945.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August, 1945, serving on an LSM, stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in August 1946, and served in the Naval Reserves until 1954.

He was employed as a cook, a construction worker and farm hand in North Platte, Neb., after his discharge. He volunteered on many church committees for the Sts. Peter and Paul parish, assisting in digging of the church basement, painting of the ceiling and various activities to help build Sts. Peter and Paul School. He worked as a mechanic for Southards Implement in St. Paul for 20 years, building a reputation as an excellent mechanic and problem solver for the John Deere dealership.

He served as assistant Scoutmaster to Troop 121, and later Scoutmaster taking scouts to Camp Ben DeLatour in Colorado, and many local campouts. He was an active member of the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department; later becoming an honorary member after his accident.

In 1970, he started work at Howard-Greeley Rural Public Power District in St. Paul as their mechanic. Shortly thereafter he was injured in an electrical accident and was instantly retired. He contracted Hepatitis C from blood transfusions during treatment for his injuries.

On Aug. 8, 1951, he was united in marriage to Eileen Sturek at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. To this union two sons and one daughter were born. Butch and Eileen celebrated their 55th anniversary this past summer. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and belonged to the St. Libory parish.

“Butch” possessed a great sense of humor, teaching his children by example, to find humor in difficult situations. Prior to his accident, he enjoyed hunting and taught his three children to enjoy the sport as well.

Following his accident, he became involved in various St. Paul and Howard County groups, serving on the Howard County Variance board and St. Paul City Planning Commission. He figured out a way to attach foot steering devices to his vehicles and garden tractors thus allowing him to operate a commercial garden and landscaping business, tilling gardens and preparing lawn sites for new homes built in St. Paul.

He and his wife, Eileen, traveled extensively throughout the United States and several foreign countries, visiting family and friends along the way. He enjoyed dancing, especially to Polka music, and they enjoyed many three-day polka celebrations. He was a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post 119 in St. Paul, and VFW Post #10752 in St. Paul. He was a past member of Eagle Aerie #378 and the Platte Duettsche in Grand Island.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen, of St. Paul; sons, Steve (Kay) Kowaiski of Long Beach, Mass., Sam (Carol) Kowaiski of Virginia Beach, Virg.; daughter, Suzy (Clint) Hebbert of Ashby; six grandchildren, Mike Kowaiski, USAF, Andrew (Ashley) Kowaiski, USAF, Emily Kowaiski, Alison Kowaiski, Ed Hebbert and Joe Hebbert; and one great-grandson, Brenton Kowaiski; one brother, and his Great Polish Brother, Leo (Virginia) Stenka of St. Paul, and his special aunt, Virgene Waechter-Jordan of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Don and Dean.

, Jr., 79, or St. Paul, Neb., died Nov. 8, 2006, at Howard County Community Hospital, following a long illness.

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, near St. Paul, to John R. and Anna (Curtis) Kowaiski. He received his schooling at Bunker Hill rural District 12, Elba Elementary and Elba High School graduating in 1945.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August, 1945, serving on an LSM, stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in August 1946, and served in the Naval Reserves until 1954.

He was employed as a cook, a construction worker and farm hand in North Platte, Neb., after his discharge. He volunteered on many church committees for the Sts. Peter and Paul parish, assisting in digging of the church basement, painting of the ceiling and various activities to help build Sts. Peter and Paul School. He worked as a mechanic for Southards Implement in St. Paul for 20 years, building a reputation as an excellent mechanic and problem solver for the John Deere dealership.

He served as assistant Scoutmaster to Troop 121, and later Scoutmaster taking scouts to Camp Ben DeLatour in Colorado, and many local campouts. He was an active member of the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department; later becoming an honorary member after his accident.

In 1970, he started work at Howard-Greeley Rural Public Power District in St. Paul as their mechanic. Shortly thereafter he was injured in an electrical accident and was instantly retired. He contracted Hepatitis C from blood transfusions during treatment for his injuries.

On Aug. 8, 1951, he was united in marriage to Eileen Sturek at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. To this union two sons and one daughter were born. Butch and Eileen celebrated their 55th anniversary this past summer. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and belonged to the St. Libory parish.

“Butch” possessed a great sense of humor, teaching his children by example, to find humor in difficult situations. Prior to his accident, he enjoyed hunting and taught his three children to enjoy the sport as well.

Following his accident, he became involved in various St. Paul and Howard County groups, serving on the Howard County Variance board and St. Paul City Planning Commission. He figured out a way to attach foot steering devices to his vehicles and garden tractors thus allowing him to operate a commercial garden and landscaping business, tilling gardens and preparing lawn sites for new homes built in St. Paul.

He and his wife, Eileen, traveled extensively throughout the United States and several foreign countries, visiting family and friends along the way. He enjoyed dancing, especially to Polka music, and they enjoyed many three-day polka celebrations. He was a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post 119 in St. Paul, and VFW Post #10752 in St. Paul. He was a past member of Eagle Aerie #378 and the Platte Duettsche in Grand Island.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen, of St. Paul; sons, Steve (Kay) Kowaiski of Long Beach, Mass., Sam (Carol) Kowaiski of Virginia Beach, Virg.; daughter, Suzy (Clint) Hebbert of Ashby; six grandchildren, Mike Kowaiski, USAF, Andrew (Ashley) Kowaiski, USAF, Emily Kowaiski, Alison Kowaiski, Ed Hebbert and Joe Hebbert; and one great-grandson, Brenton Kowaiski; one brother, and his Great Polish Brother, Leo (Virginia) Stenka of St. Paul, and his special aunt, Virgene Waechter-Jordan of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Don and Dean.