Richard 'Rick' Edward Green

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Richard 'Rick' Edward Green

November 09, 1966 - November 29, 2018

Richard 'Rick' Edward Green Richard "Rick" Edward Green, age 52, of Houghton Lake, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at Munson Medical Center in the loving care of his family. Rick was born on Nov. 9, 1966 to Richard and Ruth (Hodges) Green in Big Rapids.
Rick grew up in Kingsley and attended Central School in Traverse City.
Rick loved old cars, was a Green Bay Packers fan, loved animals and enjoyed watching funny movies and spending time with his friends and family. Rick admired and collected items with an oriental flare, and his favorite lunch (and dinner and probably breakfast) was to head to the Chinese buffet place close to his apartment. Rick enjoyed laughing and making anyone around him laugh. His contagious donkey braying alone could keep us all going for a while. He always looked for an opportunity to pull a prank; a favorite was to steal your food after distracting you to "look over there." That laugh and that sense of humor will be missed every day.
Rick is survived by his father, Richard (Carlotta) Green, of Lake City; his sisters, Raquel (Robert) Paulus, of Kingsley, and Ryanne Ockert, of Traverse City; nieces and nephews, Cassandra Green, of Traverse City, Derek Bosley, of Traverse City, Lauren (Chris) Huff, of Saranac, Caleb Ockert, of Ionia, and Hunter Green, of Newaygo.
Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth E. (Hodges); and his brother, Randell E. "Randy" Green.
A funeral service honoring Rick will take place at noon, with a visitation one hour prior to the service, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Pastor Tim Manzer will officiate. Rick will be laid to rest at Goodwell Cemetery in White Cloud at a later date.
The family asks that memorial contributions in Rick's honor be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; or the American Society for Deaf Children, PO Box 23, Woodbine, MD 21797.
Please share a memory with Rick's family by visiting his tribute page at
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on December 2, 2018
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Tod Levandoski
Dec 07, 2018
Iam so sorry i did not know as of dec 7 th. I remember Ricky from are deaf school at central grade. What i like about him was . He was kind man. He did not judge any body he had a smile that if he jokes about you or any one we get a laugh out him . He was a joy to talk too. I move from Traverse city to Marquette . So may god bless him with joy I sure will miss him from this day on a lot my classmates where shock as I he in peace.
Sandra Amos
Dec 04, 2018
Erick Hays
Dec 02, 2018
Rick was always game for an adventure! His brother, Randy, and I had the bright idea to launch a boat in the Manistee River one evening and "rough it" over night. Rick kept us focused and reminded us frequently how stupid we were for not brining food. Rick had stashed a pack of hot dogs that we eventually talked him into sharing with us! There is no doubt that the World is a better place because of Rick! Rest easy, brother.
Pat Donovan
Dec 02, 2018
Recalling an afternoon in Petobego marsh with Rick and Bob. The exuberance and look of wonder in Rick's face when ducks approached, reminds me of why we hunt. His face processed and displayed everything you are and feel when you hunt. I still see that face when birds decoy.....
Robert Green
Dec 02, 2018
While I didn't know him well, I enjoyed his company when we ddid meet. My father, Don, held a special place in his heart for Rick. My sincere condolences.
James Green
Dec 02, 2018
When we was kids I split open Ricks chin one day with a golf club one day. He had to get stitched up that day. That was up in Kingsley. We always enjoyed Rick visiting us at the farm when he was an adult. Many fond memories...