Richard Jaworski

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Richard “Dick” Anthony Jaworski, 79, born in Great Bend, New York, died peacefully after a short fight with cancer on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home in Swansea, Illinois.

After joining the Air Force with his good friend Dick Crovitz in 1963, one of his first assignments was to England where he met and married an English woman who would be his wife for the next 47 years and they would travel the world seeing many different countries and States.  He retired from the Air Force after more than 20 years and went on to serve the Department of Defense as civil service for another 20+ years at Scott Air Force Base (DITCO, DISA CONUS).  He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers and had a lifelong passion for running.  He was a member of the St. Louis Running Club and the Mudd Duck Running Club and could be found every morning of the year running or walking (no matter what the weather) with good friends or by himself and every Wednesday evening during the summer running (or walking in the last few years) over in Forest Park. He ran several marathons and seemed to have learned all the back streets of every community he lived in by running most of them.  He is much loved and will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Jaworski; and his parents, Edward and Erma Jaworski.

Dick is survived his son, David Jaworski;
his daughter, Linda (Steve) Jaworski-Moiles;
his grandson, Joseph;
his brother, Bill Jaworski;
and by several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that any donations be made to one of the following organizations: Belleville Humane Society, Metro East Humane Society, American Cancer Society, or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Sharing of memories will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


7 Comments on Richard Jaworski

Jose Rodriguez said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2022 at 12:30 PM

My condolences to Dick’s family, and friends. I have the highest respect for Dick. I met him in 1985. He was my sponsor to Hq AFCC. He was my trainer, mentor, and good friend. He had a great impact on my life and career, for which I am extremely grateful. He was the subject matter expert of all U.S. NORAD AUTOVON/DSN network circuits. I was and still am amazed at his knowledge and history of each location. Dick always sent me a birthday, anniversary, and Christmas cards- never did they arrive after the fact. Dick loved to play softball. He was a good second baseman! He also loved distance running. I will miss my good friend- my Air Force brother. RIP “Mr. Jaworski”!

  • Columbia
  • IL
Cary Smith said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 8:26 AM

Dick and I have known each other for of 40 years from the Air Force TCO to DISA/DITCO. After retirement we kept in contact through our monthly lunch outings with the Gang of Guys and we would often talk when he ran/walked by my house. His passing came as total shock, and he will be missed. Rest in peace friend.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
John Rehkop said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 8:10 PM

Please accept my warmest condolences, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dick was an inspiration to all runners. I will miss not seeing him at the base gym. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
George Mason said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 8:28 AM

Dick's family, It with great sadness that I mourn the loss of my good friend , Dick. and I shared wonderful work experiences, and later in retirement with our monthly luncheon(GOG). RIP peace Dick with much love. George

  • New Baden
  • Illinois
George Mason said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 8:26 AM

RIP peace Dick with much love. George

  • New Baden
  • IL
Dick Crovitz said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2022 at 9:04 AM

So very sad to lose my life-long friend. From playing little league to joining the Air Force together, and both of us marrying English gals. Through our military careers our lives have crossed many times, and our friendship never waned. Dick came to visit in May & we spent many hours laughing, looking at photos, and reminiscing about our younger years. I will never forget Dick's friendship and he will be greatly missed by myself and my wife. Sincere sympathy to Linda, David, Bill, Joseph & Steve.

  • Titusville
  • Florida
Mike said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2022 at 10:52 AM

To my dear friend Dick: my life was enriched when I met you and then getting to know you as we ran many miles together. I will never forget two special River to River relays. Time spent in a van spanning 9 or 10 hours forged some great memories. Our little Mudd Duck group has lost a giant of a man. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois

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