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Richard James Caswell, age 72, of rural Sheridan, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids.

The son of Chalmer & Genevieve (Moriarity) Caswell, he was born on March 20, 1937 in Ionia. After high school, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the cold war era. While stationed in Hawaii, he met and married Nancy I. Olayer on July 23, 1957.

An avid outdoorsman, Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a fan of both football and NASCAR. He had worked in customer service at A&O Equipment in Edmore.

He was preceded in death his parents; a step-father, Morris Nelson; three brothers, Jack Caswell, Billy Caswell, and Bob Nelson; and two sons, Randy Helmer and Thomas Giltner. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Nancy Caswell of Sheridan; six children, Jan Caswell of Hawaii, Rina Becher & Mark Bunting of Stanton, Richard John & Linda Caswell of Sheridan, Rae Ehle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rollin Caswell of Greenville, and Nancy Anne Caswell of Sheridan; a brother, Tommy & Theresa Nelson of Canada; a sister, Helen & Richard Bracey of Sheridan; seventeen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at St. Bernadette of Lourdes Catholic Church, 911 E. Main Street, Stanton, with the Rev. Father Anthony Britto presiding. Military honors, rendered by the U.S. Navy, will conclude the ceremonies and a luncheon will follow at the Sheridan V.F.W. Post 5065.

Honoring Richards wishes, cremation has taken place. Instead of flowers, contributions to the family would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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  1. Anonymous on December 26, 2009 at 12:00 am


    01/03/2010 –

    Troy Frazer

    01/01/2010 –

    Scott Ehle

    I am sad to hear of the passing of Rick. He was a wonderful friend and father-in-law. Rick also was a wonderful grandfather to my children. I know the sting of Ricks death will not leave our hearts anytime soon. The memories we all have will last our entire lives. My God keep you all safe. Rest in peace my friend “Ziggy”

    12/31/2009 –

    Bernie rosie Ehle Family

    Our hearts and prayers are with each and everyone of you at this time love grandpa and grandma and aunts uncles and family

    12/30/2009 –

    Norval Miller

    Sorry to hear of Ricks passing.He and I grew up together around Sheridan and created a lot of memories along the way. Our condolences to his family.

    12/29/2009 –

    Mindi Smith

    My deepest sympathy to all Ricks family & friends. He was a great guy with a huge heart and I will miss him very much.

    12/29/2009 –

    Brian Moore From Edmore Napa

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Rick. He was a very good customer and was always a pleasure to work with. He will be missed. My deapest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

    12/29/2009 –

    tammy mcmillan

    sorry for the loss of your dad & husband. He was a really awesome person, he will be missed alot. My heart is with you all.

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