Richard Patrick Urkewich, 52, of Collinsville, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at his home.
He was born on March 25, 1962, in Oak Park.
Richard was a longtime self-employed tool and die mold maker and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and golfing. He loved to cook (in large amounts) for others and was a true-blue loyal Cubs fan. He loved his dog Jasper and his family too. Richard had a unique personality and enjoyed sharing it with all who met him. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his mom, Dolores (Zdroik) Urkewich of Collinsville; his daughter, Marie Urkewick of Minnesota; his son, Richard Patrick Urkewick Jr. of Minnesota; and sisters, Victoria and (Edward) Haynes of Portland, Ore., Karen and (James) Stark of Colton, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Joseph Urkewich; his niece, Natasha Marie Urkewich; and grandparents, Joseph and Anita Urkewich, Floyd Zdroik and Edith “Marie” Ahrens.
In celebration of his life, friends may call on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Doug Pascoe officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.
Burial will take place with full military rites on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.