Marion, AR: James “Jimmy” F. Nowak, 62, of Marion, Arkansas, formerly of Silver Creek, died Thursday, April 19th, at home following a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Silver Creek, on December 12, 1949, the son of Helen (Sypniewski) Nowak, of Brocton and the late Henry Nowak.
Mr. Nowak was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1968. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for a 3 year term from 1968-1971, serving 2 overseas assignments in Okinawa and Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, he served an additional 2 years in the reserves and was honorably discharged in 1974, attaining the rank of Corporal. His commendation medals included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal w/2 stars, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He also received certificates of acknowledgement for truck driving supplies in and out of war zones.
Following his discharge, he worked as a Bricklayer locally, continuing in the family tradition of masonry. Mr. Nowak relocated to Texas after accepting a job with Kellogg Brown & Root Construction Company. After several years, he transferred to the Memphis area and eventually settled in Arkansas, to continue working in his trade. Mr. Nowak was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. While residing in Spring, Texas, for a period of time he owned and operated a small game fur buying & trading business. He was an avid reader and enjoyed country music and westerns. Mr. Nowak frequently spoke of Western New York & Sheridan, where he grew up. He enjoyed being raised in the country, where he would often hunt and fish with his brothers. Mr. Nowak was a lifelong member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek and a former member of the Lakeshore Marine Corps League.
Surviving besides his mother are a son, James Nowak, II, of Silver Creek, a daughter, Jenlene Nowak, of Arlington, VA, a brother, John Nowak, of Lyndonville, NY, a sister, Lynette (Greg) Arnold, of Webster, NY, long time companion Jo Ann Rogers, of Marion, AR, 1 uncle, several nieces, nephews, cousins and the mother of his children, Patricia Nowak, of Silver Creek. Besides his father he was predeceased by a brother Thomas Nowak.
There will be no visitation observed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, on Saturday, May 19th at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek, where graveside military services will be conducted.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Hope for the Warriors, 5101C Backlick Road, Suite 200, Annandale, VA 22003, or online at www.hopeforthewarriors.org. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.