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In Memory of Lee Orlowski


One hour prior to service at O'Connell's HUDSON

Funeral Services

4PM on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., HUDSON

Lee H. Orlowski, age 61, of Hudson, WI, passed away on August 8, 2016 at his residence in Hudson.

He was born on November 13, 1954 in Duluth, MN to Henry and Bernice (Johnson) Orlowski. Growing up in Duluth, MN, he attended Riverside School and, graduated from Northwestern High School, just over the border in Maple, WI. After his graduation, he obtained his associates degree from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Following this, he would move to Houston, Texas where he began his career with Link, as Simulation Technician for aviation training. Later, he would move to Hudson, Wisconsin where he continued working for Link.

Like many of his relatives, Lee had a sizable music collection dominated by polka music. He was an also an active snowmobiler and four-wheeler, taking many trips up to the Iron River area. Along with his love for the outdoors, Lee loved bird hunting with his friend, Allen. Although Lee was met with many obstacles in life, he always rose to the occasion. His drive to live life to the fullest was an inspiration to his family and friends. For those who helped Lee, he loved you more than words could articulate.

Lee is survived his brother, Terry (Shirley) Orlowski of Peoria, AZ; three nieces Christine (Jim) Gibbons of Kent, WA, Shelly (Michael) Franco of Trophy Club, TX, Gerri (Joe) Cowden of Panama City Beach, FL; nephew Tom Orlowski of Dothan, AL; three great nephews Jimmy Gibbons, Johnny Gibbons, Jeremiah Cowden; great niece Alex Cowden, and numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bernice Orlowski; and his brother Bill Orlowski.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4PM on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., HUDSON, with a gathering of family and friends held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be 12:30 Monday, August 22nd at the Iron River City Cemetery in the family plot in Iron River, Wisconsin. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. (715) 386-3725. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com

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    • Lee is indeed missed.

      I first met Lee when we started high school. We were both in the most unpopular English class and ended up sitting next to each other. Lee was well behaved, but he did have a bit of a rebellious, playful side. Maybe I was a bit the same, and before long we got to know each other pretty well.

      We ended up riding the same bus to high school for all four years. Since we were two of the larger boys on the bus the last couple years we ended up with one of the coveted back seats, supposedly to help if the emergency exit was ever needed. Before too long there was the same obligatory greeting we would use as Lee sat himself down on the bus seat. I recall it all too clearly, even hear it in his voice, but feel it’s best not to include it here. The rides to school and back were entertaining with Lee there. He had the most unique sense of humor and a quick wit that allowed him to make those connections between what was going on and some obscure phrase or song lyric.

      Through the four years of high school I also enjoyed a good number of weekends hanging out with Lee. There was an occasional hunting trip, snowmobiling, shooting pool, or just kicked back listening to music and talking. Lee was a joy to be around.

      After high school we of course went our own way, and I met up with Lee a couple times on summer vacations back in Iron River. I recall being impressed that his sense of humor hadn’t changed over the years, and if anything it had gotten even more bizarre. It was during one of these summer vacations, the Fourth of July in ‘82 to be exact, that I was fresh out of school and looking for a job at the peak of a nasty recession. Lee took it upon himself to hook me up with an interview for a flight simulation job in Alabama. A couple days later Lee and I made the nonstop trip from Iron River to south Alabama for the interview. That initiative by Lee was the start of my career in simulation. I owe him for it. Although if he was here I’d tell him I blame him for it instead.

      I’ve felt an empty spot in my life since I heard of Lee’s passing and it’s not getting any smaller. I miss him. I’ll never forget him.

      Rest peacefully Lee

    • I had the met Lee while working for the Air National Guard.
      I was the Quality Assuance /Project Officer for the C130 Flight Simulator.
      Lee was always helpful to me and gave all that he could to those who would ask. He treated me with dignity and respect of which I’ll never forget.
      To Lee’s family : I will always remember our times working together.
      Thanks for sharing Lee.
      Rest in Pain Free Lee.

    • Lee was one of my best friends and I will always remember him. He was a fighter for life and never gave up.