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Gerald "Jerry" David Richard, of Mesick and formerly of the Manton area, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City. He was 76. Jerry was born on Oct. 7, 1940 in Mount Clemens to David and Elizabeth (Moran) Richard.
He was a graduate of Utica High School.
Jerry spent his career working as a skilled tradesman throughout his life and was a proud member of Union #1102.
Jerry relocated from downstate to Northern Michigan with his young children to start their life in the Manton area. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler. Jerry liked sports and especially liked watching the Lions and Tigers. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.
Jerry was a faithful Eastern Star member, Chapter 197, and a member of the Mesick Masonic James E. Dillon Lodge #466.
Jerry is survived by his children, James (Kathy) Richard, of Mesick, Patricia Brun, of East Jordan, Gerald D. Richard Jr., of Australia, and Janet Richard, of Lapeer; five grandchildren, Jacqueline (David) Kline, Erik Brun, Eian Richard, Claire Richard and Elizabeth Richard; brother, Roy (Sandra Chrispell) Richard, of Houghton Lake; five nephews, Dennis (Theresa) Young, Chad Young, Danny (Kim) Richard, Mike (Joni) Richard and Ben (Laura) Richard; and many other loving family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Richard; sister, Geraldine Young; and his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 1 p.m., at the Mesick Masonic Lodge #466.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mesick Masonic Lodge #466.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.Hall-Holdship.com.
The family is being served by Hall-Holdship Funeral Home.
Published on October 11, 2017
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