Richard Frederick “Dick” Rasch, age 86, of Lowell, passed away on February 7, 2019, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital following a brief illness. Richard was born on September 4, 1932, in Wright Township, Michigan, the son of Oscar W. and Agnes (Zahm) Rasch, both of whom preceded him in death. He attended Wright schools and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Dick married Marilyn A. Weeks on November 8, 1961, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parnell and enjoyed 57 years of marriage to her. They settled in Vergennes Township and farmed for more than fifty years. Dick also drove milk truck routes as a fill in driver for the Michigan Milk Producers Association for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s, Parnell Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Flat River Antique Tractor Club, winning many trophies at their meets and competitions.
Dick leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Marilyn; his dear children, Dennis F. Rasch of Belding, Theresa A. (Dan) Rogers of Buffalo, Wyoming, Richard J. (Shawn) Rasch of Orleans and Patrick W. (Cyndi) Rasch of Belding; grandchildren, Joshua (Katie) Kelley, Jared Kelley, Christopher Rasch, Madelyn Rasch and Emma Rasch; siblings, Margaret Miller, Jeannette (Jim) Wahlfield and Jack Rasch; and a sister-in-law, Julia Rasch; He also leaves several other brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Rasch.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary Vigil at 7:30 p.m. at Verdun Family Funeral Home, 303 S. Bridge Street, Belding, Michigan. The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Parnell on Monday, February 11, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Aaron Ferris the Celebrant. The family will also greet visitors at church on Monday for an hour prior to the funeral. Graveside Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St Patrick Cemetery, Parnell, Michigan. Those wishing to express their sympathy are welcomed to consider a memorial contribution in Dick’s memory to Spectrum Health Hospice or The “B” Foundation.