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Richard L. Hysell, age 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

He was born on April 8, 1936, to Virgil & June (Newville) Hysell.

Richard married Valerie Vanderveen on September 24, 1955. 

Richard worked in sales for Luxury Fabrics, retiring in 2001.  He enjoyed sports, playing golf, watching Tiger’s Baseball, Lions and University of Michigan Football.  He volunteered  with Valerie at Crash’s Landing for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie Hysell; children, Kimberly Hysell, Michael (Diane) Hysell and Chris Hysell;  step-brother, Raymond (Judy) Shepard.

He is preceded in death by his mother, June Shepard.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Honoring his wishes cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Richard’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please  visit:

Donations may be made to Crash’s Landing Cat Rescue, 1545 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, where Richard volunteered and was dear to his heart.


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  1. Brenda Doyle on September 4, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Valerie, Im so sorry for your loss. One of my favorite memories of Dick was when I would called you and he yell out to you that your Rent A Friend was on the phone. He always had a witty sense of humor. Know Thank you are all in my thoughts & Prayers and May God bring you comfort in your memories of him.

  2. Kate O on September 5, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Although time got the best of us and we weren’t able to catch up, whenever I think of my times back at Kens, you’re the first that comes to mind. You’ll forever be known to me as Grandpa Dick. Thank you for the wise wisdom and sassy attitude to get me through the hard days. Val and family – sending you thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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