Richard E. Sadowski of Newton, passed away Oct. 5, 2019.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, to Henry Jacob and Katie (Lingnau) Sadowski. Along with his brothers (Clayton, Allen, Tom, Gérald, Theodore) and sister (Rita), Richard spent his younger years on a farm in Newton. He attended Newton schools and was active in sports, hunting and fishing.
Richard married Shirley (Holmes) in 1948, and the two raised two sons (Larry and Michael), and enjoyed 64 years of marriage together until Shirley’s passing in 2012. The two share five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was a network supervisor for SW Bell Telephone in both Newton and Independence for 40 years. He was also an ATT Pioneer Life Member.
Known as a kindhearted man, Richard was active in committees in the community and served for 10 years on the Newton Library Board. He once stated, “I want to still serve on committees when I reach 90.” Richard was a charter member at Trinity Heights UMC, where he served in the church as: trustee, Church Council and counted Sunday School collection. He also went on eight mission trips throughout areas in Haiti, West Samoa and Guatemala.
Survivors include his sons, Larry Sadowski and wife, Anita, and Michael Sadowski and wife, Julie; five grandchildren, Laura Sadowski, Paul (Lindsay) Sadowski, Katie (Ty) Barnett, Tjaden Sadowski and Holly Sadowski; four great-grandchildren; brother, Clayton (Rita) of Newton; sister, Rita of Cheek Modesto, Calif.; brother, Allen (Rita) of Grantsville; and brother, Tom (Peggy) of Newton.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brothers, Gerald and Theodore Sadowski.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Trinity Heights UMC in Newton. There will be no graveside service.