Richard L. Kiekenapp Obituary

Richard L. Kiekenapp, 77, of Coloma, passed away at his residence in the presence of his family on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 following a valiant three year battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 27th, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in remembrance of Rick may be made to the family or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to share a memory or leave a message for the family online may do so by selecting the Guestbook option on the left.

Rick was born on November 22, 1944 in Chicago. His family moved to the southwest Michigan area when he was a young boy. Years later he met the love of his life, Prue Forsythe, and the couple later married on June 7, 1963. Rick worked for several different local companies over the course of his life, including Auto Specialties and later Lane Automotive for 18 years. He eventually retired in 2015 where he was the Assistant Manager at Cedar Creek Senior Apartments in Traverse City. When he wasn’t working, Rick enjoyed fishing and loved to go to auto races, both as a spectator and promoter. He loved his entire family dearly and the memories they created together. As his precious grandchildren grew, he enjoyed attending their various sporting events and school activities. He also loved to play competition solitaire.

Rick is survived by his wife of 68 years, Prue; his son Geoffrey Kiekenapp of Watervliet; his daughter Amy (Craig) Long of Thompsonville, Michigan; his sister Sharron (James) Bolin of Plano, Texas; three step-sisters, Sally Carlock of Dowagiac, Nancy Traver of Hartford, and Betty Stock; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Ludwig of Coloma and Patricia Lottridge of Sawyer; four grandchildren; two step-grandsons; one great grandchild and another on the way any day now; and a number of nieces and nephews that he dearly loved.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Wanetta Stock and his step-father Harold Stock.