Richard Alan "Rick" Smigiel


Birth: April 23rd, 1956
Death: October 19th, 2018
Age: 62 years
Residence:Kalamazoo
High School:Midland High School - 1974
College:Western Michigan University - 1987
Degree:B.B.A.
Survived By: his wife Beth, parents Joseph and Berniece (Wazny) Smigiel, brother Paul Smigiel (Barb), sisters Dianne Gentel (James) and Debbie Ballard, and his best friend Abe. Rick was preceded in death by his brother Gregory Smigiel. Rick is also survived by his mother-in-law, Bernice Rahn, and sisters-in-law, Teri Gann (Dave), and Nancy Devereaux (Pat), as well as nieces and nephews. He was the 50th grandchild of Michael and Mary Wazny.

Richard Alan “Rick” Smigiel of Kalamazoo, Michigan died unexpectedly in his home on Friday, October 19, 2018.  Rick was born April 23, 1956 in Midland, son of Joseph and Berniece (Wazny) Smigiel.  A 1974 graduate of Midland High School, Rick went on to receive his B.B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1987.  While at WMU, Rick began his 35-year career as a dedicated employee with UPS as a part-time package sorter moving through the ranks to become an on-car supervisor.

 

Rick married the former Beth Ann Rahn, to whom he was a devoted husband for 34 years, on May 12, 1984 in Midland. 

He is survived by his wife Beth, parents Joseph and Berniece (Wazny) Smigiel, brother Paul Smigiel (Barb), sisters  Dianne Gentel (James) and Debbie Ballard, and his best friend Abe.  Rick was preceded in death by his brother Gregory Smigiel.  Rick is also survived by his mother-in-law, Bernice Rahn, and sisters-in-law, Teri Gann (Dave), and Nancy Devereaux (Pat), as well as nieces and nephews.  He was the 50th grandchild of Michael and Mary Wazny.

 

Rick was always an exuberant, cheerful, and helpful friend to everyone.  Except for the times when he was alone with Beth and Abe, his happiest times were when he was at the lake working on projects at the family cabin, or helping neighbors.  Rick loved the outdoors, whether it was hiking, hunting, fishing, or just doing yard work.  He eventually became an awesome smallmouth bass fisherman, at least in his own mind.  He also did his best to keep the State lottery solvent, never giving up hope that his big win would be in next week’s drawing.  The family and friends that had Rick in their lives were the real winners in the lottery of life.

 

Memorial services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3109 Swede Ave., Midland.  Father John Sarge will officiate.  Visitation at the church will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday until time of service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.



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