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Roger Albert Czarnowski

April 28, 1943 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Roger Czarnowski Obituary

Roger Albert Czarnowski, age 80 of Grand Haven, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at Lakeshore Assisted Living-Sierra Residence. He was born on April 28, 1943, in Detroit, MI, to the late Anthony and Cora (Stepanovich) Czarnowski.

Roger graduated from Edsel Ford High School, Class of 1962, and then attended Green’s Barber College, graduating in 1963. He worked a two-year apprenticeship as a barber until 1965, when he joined the US Marine Corps. and served in the Reserves from 1965 to 1971. Roger also graduated with his degree in Business from Henry Ford Community College in 1965. Upon his discharge from the service, he owned and operated his own barbershop where he worked as a barber for 13 years, later selling his business and working for General Motors Automotive Assembly Division in Wentzville, Missouri.

Roger’s lifelong passion for flying led him to obtain his Private Pilot’s license in 1982, which he held for over 30 years. He privately owned and operated five different airplanes throughout the years and was a long-time member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. Roger was also a long-time member of the Plymouth-Ann Arbor Elks Lodge #325. He moved from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri to the Tri-Cities area in 2019, to be closer to his family.

Roger’s life and legacy will be remembered by his cousin and caretaker, Tracey (Mark) McCullough; cousins: Kathy (Brian) Robbins, Dan McCullough, Gloria Green, and Peggy (Tom) Alpert; his personal caregiver, Mary Bratherton; as well as many others whom he crossed paths with throughout his life.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Czarnowski.

A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors for Roger will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland, MI. Visitation will be held the evening prior on Wednesday, March 27th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28.

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March 27, 2024

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Graveside Service
March 28, 2024

2:00 PM
Cadillac Memorial Gardens West
34224 Ford Rd.
Westland, MI 48185


American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post #28
700 Harbor Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-842-5310


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