Florian P. "Floyd" Sowinski Friday, March 11, 1938 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Florian P. “Floyd” Sowinski, 79, died May 2, 2017. He was born March 11, 1938 in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the Aquinas Institute of Rochester in 1955.
He entered the Navy in 1962 and served six years of active duty and active reserves in Naval Air. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a Letter Carrier.
As a young man, he played softball and loved to bowl. He loved to travel and was passionate about history, especially WWII and Civil War history. He made many trips through the South to visit and experience numerous Civil War battlefields. He was an avid cribbage player, achieving a Gold Ranking in the American Cribbage Conference and was a registered member of ACC Club 139. He also loved reading, working crossword and Sudoku puzzles and yard sale shopping.
It was at a yard sale in May 1996 that he met his future wife, Irene Everett. They married on May 5, 2001 and had 21 beautiful, loving years together.
Floyd (as his friends knew him) was direct, witty and a loyal friend. He was a member of Lompoc Elks Lodge 2274 and American Legion Post 534 in Orcutt. As a Veteran and true patriot, he had undying respect for fellow veterans and those currently serving in the military.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Everett of Santa Maria; brother, Lawrence Sowinski of Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughters Kathleen Tribble of Eagle, Idaho, Thérèse Hartmann and husband, John, of Tampa, Florida, Jennifer Bender and husband, Bruce, of Warner Robins, Georgia; two nephews and four grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floryan and Susan Sowinski, and sister Elizabeth Jane (Betty).
A memorial service to toast our dear friend will be held Saturday, May 13, 2:00 PM, at American Legion Post 534, 145 West Clark Avenue, Orcutt, with burial at a later date in the Bakersfield National Veterans Cemetery in Arvin, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Floyd’s name to the Friends of the Orcutt Library, 175 South Broadway, Suite 103, Orcutt, CA, 93455.