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In Memoriam

November 16, 2010

Eugene Kowalis, who owned three area dealerships, died unexpectedly Oct. 22 from complications after surgery. He was 80.

Mr. Kowalis joined the U.S. Army Highway Patrol in the 1950s, then embarked in the auto industry as a Cadillac salesman. In 1971, he opened Midlothian Mazda and, later, Midlothian Toyota.

He relocated the Toyota store to Orland Park in 1984, and in 1989 he acquired the Lexus of Orland and Lexus of Merrillville (Ind.) franchises.

Mr. Kowalis is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rosemary; sons Kurt, Jeff and Gene; and six grandchildren. Donations appreciated to St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation, (708) 342-5246.