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Richard G. VanSumeren

March 7, 1934 May 23, 2018
Richard G. VanSumeren
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Obituary for Richard G. VanSumeren

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 23rd , 2018 at McLaren Bay-Region. Age 84 years.

The son of the late Roy and Irene (Nowazyak) Van Sumeren. Richard (Dick) was born on March 7, 1934 in Bay City. After graduating from Bay City Central High School in 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. and served from October of 1953 until October 1956. Following his honorable discharge, Dick married Sandra Kennie on January 16, 1960. He retired from Dow Corning Corporation in 1993 after 27 years of service. Dick enjoyed working in his yard, spending time with family and friends, watching the Detroit Tigers and Lions and helping others. Needing to do more, Dick went on to work for the Trahan Funeral Chapel from 1999 until 2012. He was an active and long-time member of St. Joseph Parish.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Dick is survived by his son Craig (Mary Jo) Van Sumeren of Okemos and daughter Beth (David) Kiefer of Birmingham; three grandsons Charlie, Ben and George Van Sumeren and four granddaughters Claire, Kate and Lily Kiefer and Anna Van Sumeren.

He is also survived by his brothers Roy and Harold (Shirley) Van Sumeren and sister Colleen (Joseph) Turmell, his sister-in-laws Patricia Goodreau and Donna Waehner, several nieces and nephews and long-time family friend Robert (Lori) Davis of Wixom.

Besides his parents, Dick was also preceded in death by his son Todd Van Sumeren, sister Joanne Richter, four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

Dick's immediate family will receive family and friends at the Trahan Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 20th from 5-8pm. There will be a private burial with military honors. If desired, memorials may be made to the Bay City Players, Brian’s House or the Pet Therapy Program at McLaren Bay-Region. For on-line sentiments:

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5:00 PM 6/20/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/20/2018 8:00:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center
256 N. Madison Avenue Bay City 48708 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bay City Players

1214 Columbus Ave.
Bay City, Michigan 48708

Brian's House

664 W. Nebobish
Essexville, MI 48732

Pet Therapy Program at McLaren Bay-Region


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