“You couldn’t think of a better child,” neighbor Kevin Grimes told The Associated Press.
Grimes told the AP that he was recently speaking with Chase and the little boy was telling him about winning his first mini-triathlon.
The athletic first grader ran in community road races and loved baseball, his family said in an obituary.
“He could often be found in the yard playing ball, riding his bike or quad,” his obituary said,
The Kowalski family has set up the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund at People’s Bank in his memory.