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Richard (Rick) Eugene Kidwell, 68, of Niles passed away at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids with his family by his side. Rick was born in Niles to Eugene and Frances (Quillin) Kidwell.

Rick was preceded in death by his father and mother.

He married Shari Lynn (Cox) Kidwell on August 29th, 1994 in Las Vegas, NV.

Rick is survived by his wife Shari; son, Matt (Alison) Kidwell of South Bend, IN, son, Andrew (Nikki) Kidwell of Niles, MI, stepson, Brian (Heidi) Bedwell of Edwardsburg, MI, stepson, Brad (Trisha) Bedwell of South Bend, IN; grandchildren, Emily & Avery Kidwell, Aidan, Lexi & Kenzie Kidwell, Ethan, Chance & Audrina Bedwell, Jordan & Sophia Horvath. He is also survived by his siblings, Diana Grishaber, Jim Kidwell & Mick Kidwell all of Niles, MI, & Sue Downing of Dowagiac, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Rick was the owner & operator of Quality Fire Protection of Niles for 37 years. He retired in 2017.

He was an avid outdoorsmen, enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and playing softball among others. He loved sports including the Cubs, the Packers, and the University of Michigan.

Celebration of life will be held at the Niles FOP, 531 State St., Niles, MI 49120, Saturday, December 19, 2020,  from 2-5pm.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Jeff Zimmerman on December 12, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Dear Kidwell Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Rick. This has been a tough year for both of our families with the additional loss of our mothers. It has been a long time since I have seen many of you, but I have a lot of great memories of both of our families when we lived on Woodruff Street in Niles. I also have some funny memories of working with your father at Robertson’s Warehouse during the summer months of my college years.
    Some of my fondest memories come from the years that I played softball in Niles, with and against, Rick & Mick…and that was over 30 years ago! I also bowled at White’s Lanes in Niles with Rick & Mick for a few years before moving to Carmel, Indiana in 1990.
    I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jeff Zimmerman

  2. Jean Gillis on December 12, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this and hope you are all comforted with some good memories and knowing that you are loved and cared for.

  3. Carleen Holcomb Clark on December 13, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    My Deepest Sympathy for you and your extended families. Rick was a great human being and I met him through my late husband Dale Clark, through Bowling at White’s lanes. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families. Rest in Peace Rick.

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