Richard was born on Jan. 2, 1927 in Falls City to Archie Paul Kowalik and Matilda Jendrusch Kowalik. Richard married Helen Irwin on June 4, 1949 in San Antonio, TX. He served his country in the Navy, he was a retired chemical engineer, he was also a former Deer Park School Board member and active in the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his sons, P. David Kowalik of Pearland, TX and Van Richard Kowalik of Brownfield, TX; daughters, Lisa Ann Davis of Pearland and Kathryn Sue Kowalik of Clear Lake, TX; and granddaughter, Chelsey Kowalik Furman.
Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; and brother Archie Paul Kowalik Jr.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at the Karnes City Cemetery. Funeral services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home of Karnes City, TX where the on-line guest book may be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.