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Ralph Joseph Nowicki, Jr., age 67, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren. Ralph was born March 18, 1951 in Detroit, son of the late Ralph Joseph and the late Wanda Star (nee Zubrowski) Nowicki.

Before he found his career niche as a Diesel Repair Mechanic, Ralph was a teenager who was already interested in all things automotive, especially when it came to racing. A consistent attendee at the Mt. Clemens Raceway, Ralph didn't even have his driver's license when he was entertaining the idea of owning his own race car. But he didn't wait for to obtain the license before biting the bullet and purchasing his first race car at the young age of 15,…and assigned it #101. But soon after receiving his license, Ralph was down at the race track making a name for himself.

Having that racing jones in his blood, that spoke to Ralph's competitive nature. But in his younger years, he also had a bit of a mischievous side as well. As recounted from a day when his parents were out for the evening and he was being babysat by his Uncle John, Ralph managed to make his way into the kitchen, got under the sink, and moments later an explosion ensued sending all sorts of liquids and chemicals to the ceiling making one monumental mess. Well,…that got Uncle John's attention, and the two of them spent the night cleaning the ceiling before Mom & Dad came home.

Ralph was a very inquisitive person, always seeking to learn more and be more informed. Being a proud member of the Titanic Society, he poured himself into learning as much as he was able regarding the iconic ocean liner and its demise. You could pose whatever question you wanted, from the ship itself to the crew and passengers, and Ralph would have your answer. And for as much as he was acquainted with the Titanic, he was equally studied on planes and aircraft and could offer a plethora of details on most anything that flew in the skies. His ultimate flying hero was Chuck Yeager, which was the stepping stone to his aviation interests and appeal. On a trip to the Air Museum in Ohio one day, Ralph was most proud and honored to have been able to step in with his knowledge on planes to answer a question when the tour guide got stumped,…and the dude was a pilot. Go Figure?

And who would have known that this race car driver,…a Chuck Yeager protégé,…and man of infinite knowledge was dreadfully scared of spiders, yet aren't many of us? But for Ralph, this was extremely serious stuff, as defined by the day that he and his family were headed back home after visiting with his sister…noticed a spider in the car…pulled the car off the road, got he and his family out of the car and they all were forced to walk a mile back to his sister's place for a ride home. Now that is arachnophobia at its finest.

Now, for as peculiar as it may seem, this guy who was afraid of spiders was the proud owner of an unusual pet, a baby alligator. There was always a storehouse of fun to be enjoyed come feeding time as he loved tossing hamburger balls into its mouth. Playing fetch,…not so much.

And like most of us, a good portion of his down time was enjoyed taking in some of his favorite television programming,…which for Ralph, quite often, was the Turner Classic Movies channel. He loved being entertained by all the old movies they ran, especially the Steve McQueen classic, "Bullitt," as that beautiful '68 Ford Mustang raced through the streets of San Francisco causing the machismo level to elevate with each scene of the movie. And for this racing enthusiast, it simply excited that racing blood within.

Ralph was the loving father of Angela (Shay) Shannon and ReNae (Jason) Nowicki. Cherished grandfather of Falyn and Shaylee. Dear brother of Arlette Barger and Craig Nowicki. Loving uncle to Mark Barger, Bridgette Bill, Scott Barger and Glenn Barger

Ralph will lie in state on Friday, September 21st from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, 2730 Caniff Street in Hamtramck.

There will be NO visitation at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

Please share memories at Ralph's guestbook above.