Richard J. Kozelka, age 80 of Prairie du Chien, WI passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, May 22nd. He was born on July 24th, 1939 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Ralph and Albina (Balk) Kozelka. He was a graduate of Campion High School, where he later joined the US National Guard. In his early years, Richard was a member of a popular local band called Johnny & Joe's Cowboys. He played guitar, fiddle and sang in the band. He was very proud of his time in this band and still cherishes his beloved guitar.
Richard soon carried on the family tradition and joined his father working at Kozelka's Men's Wear. Richard and his two other siblings eventually took over the store to become the second generation of Kozelka's to carry on the business. He spent 45 plus years serving his community and always greeting every customer with a smile. While working at the store, Richard met the love of his life and married Patricia L Walters on October 23rd, 1976.
Richard was a proud supporter of the community. He believed in giving back as he knew and appreciated every customer that came to his store. He was a proud father who never missed one sporting activity and was always there to cheer on his four children. Richard enjoyed his wood working, collecting of antiques and playing cards. Richard had an infectious smile and loved to make people laugh, but his most prized possession was his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia (Walters), his son Randy (Kristen) Kozelka, daughters Tammy, Lori (Oscar Eastman) Kozelka, Jennifer (Kyle) Schauf;, 7 grandchildren Brandon, Derek, Taylor, Chase, Bridgitte, Alexis and Isabelle; and his brother Thomas (Janet) Kozelka and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Albina Kozelka, his sister Marie Wall, his brother-in-law Joseph Wall and his beloved four legged friend and companion lady aka "ladybug".
Per Richard's wishes, there will be no funeral services. The family is planning to have a Celebration of Life for Richard at a later date.
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