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Richard Francis Lawens, age 86, of Six Lakes, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at The Laurels of Carson City.  The son of William Christopher & Margaret Mary (Burg) Lawens, he was born on January 19, 1933 in Beal City. 

On May 24, 1952, in Mount Pleasant, he married Helen Loretta Parmalee and together they raised six children and enjoyed 67 years of marriage until Helen passed away on August 18, 2019.  He was also preceded by his parents;  and a son, Richard Joseph "Rick" Lawens on May 15, 2019.  

Surviving are a son, Tim & Louann Lawens of Stanton;  four daughters;  Catherine Sower of Six Lakes, Robin & Larry Taylor of Norton Shores, Rose Simones of Six Lakes, and Lucinda & Dennis Lyles of Rothbury;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Richard's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Lucinda and Dennis Lyles on September 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    “I remember Daddy’s hands working till they bleed. Sacrificed himself just to keep us all fed. If I could do things over I’d live my life again and never take for granted the live in Daddy’s hands.”
    From Daddy’s Hands by the Judds.
    -á -á -áRest in peace, love Ciny and Dennis Lyles

  2. Cathy Sower on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Best man ever in my life miss you the rest of my life. You will always be in my heart.

  3. tim an lou on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    rest in piece-á Dad-á

  4. Dave & Kathy Zemaitis on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sorry-á for-á the-á many loses-á your-á family-á has endured-á in such a short-á span-á of-á time , ,, Our-á thoughts-á and-á prayers-á are-á you-á you-á all

  5. Robin and Larry Taylor on September 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Dad, you will be missed. You will always be loved. Proud to be your daughter.-á

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