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Richard “Rick” Brown, age 57, of Grant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020.  Rick was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Phyllis and Richard Brown and was raised in Charlotte, Michigan where he graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1981 and went onto study at Michigan State University.  Rick was a hard working and self described “hard headed man” who cherished his family and friends.  He took pride in his work and enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, and fishing in the great outdoors and any opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  Rick never knew a stranger for long!  He will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his father and hero, Richard “Dick” Brown and his beloved grandmother, Frieda Baird.  His family takes solace in the thought that they are now together.

Rick is survived by his three children, of whom he was fiercely proud, Brandon, Nicole and Rachael Brown.  He is further survived by his mother, Phyllis Brown; brother, Ronald (Rebecca) Brown and their daughter, Elizabeth; sister, Karena (Stephen) Spatz and their son, Kyan; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Out of health concerns at this time due to Covid-19 a private celebration of life will be held by immediate family.  They ask that friends and loved ones hold their own celebrations of life with their families. When you think of Rick, celebrate the good memories you have of him. Remember that life is a fragile, fleeting gift and should be lived to the fullest each and every day.

His family would like to express their sincere heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has reached out with love and prayers as they struggle with this great loss. Thank you.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that a donation be made in Rick’s name to plant a tree in The Shoshone National Forest or to The National Veterans Foundation

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rick’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

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


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  1. Lori Brock on September 16, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Please may I have a copy of this to share?

  2. Lorayne Stoll on September 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    First time I seen Rick, I said I love you. He would just give me one of his hugs. No matter what he would tell me .,I would just say, I told you I love you. I am going to miss him so much. He was always concern if something was bothering me. He was always there. You are the sweetest guy I know. I love you

  3. Tammy Austin on September 16, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Gonna miss that contagious smile and that sweet attitude. Rest easy my friend.

  4. Heather Brethauer on September 16, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I met Rick from my dear friend Lori Brock more than 10yrs ago. From the first time I met him he made me feel safe and loved around him and everyone near. He gave the bestest hugs ever!!! Always had a huge smile on his face every time I seen him. I moved away 5yrs ago but it didn’t stop Rick from always “checking” in on me by phone. I could call him anytime of the day and he’d answer and say when he picked up the phone “what’s up beautiful”. I can’t express how much I am gonna miss my dear friend Rick! He was the bestest buddy a girl could have! R.I.P my dear friend. ❤ U!

  5. Michael Wight on September 16, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Years ago, we happily competed showing sheep at the Eaton County Fair. Will always remember his willingness to get into a little trouble, just for the fun of it.

  6. Chimane Helder on September 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Prayers and deep sympathy for all his family

  7. Brandon Short on September 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I worked with Rick and he was always a great guy to be around. He would always tell me “hey they don’t make them like you very often” in reference to my work dedication. He was always willing to lend a hand and always had a smile on his face. I was devastated when I heard the news. Rick you will be missed. Prayers to all the family and friends.

  8. Nikki on September 16, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Overtly nice. Spontaneously outgoing. Great big heart. Always a kind word.

    We are all still in shock. You will be missed!! Prayers and heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones. ❤️🙏❤️

  9. Debbie Meek on September 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Condolences to his family.

  10. Jenn Verdi-Stieg on September 17, 2020 at 6:22 am

    I met Rick a long time ago at a Nascar race in Pocono. He took care of all of us girls. We remained friends and I introduced him to all of my friends up north and quickly we all became family. He came to all our “family functions ” and always made us laugh. You will be missed buddy!! Be free and fly high.

  11. The Chizmar Family on September 17, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Sending lots of hugs and love and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  12. Kris Stephens on September 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I met Rick by getting wood scraps from him. We used them for sugar shack season. He would always say here come Aunt Jemima and her kids because they would come with me with bake goods and homeade syrup. I would see him at sport events. I never saw him without a smile. Even when I saw him driving through Sparta with a trailer load of skids. He was still smiling. He will be missed big time.

  13. Sue Smigiel on September 19, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Remember the day the pontoon took a dive while you were visiting my house on the lake. You were an awesome man! You will live on in our hearts 💓

  14. irene b travis on September 19, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    so sorry to hear! really great guy very funny! prayers to the family

  15. Joan Richard on September 21, 2020 at 1:59 am

    I met Rick on a bling date in high school. He was so loving and my hero at the party due to uninvited guests. His hug was amazing. Prayers to his family and friends.

  16. Michael olcott on September 22, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family .I knew Rick and his brother Ron from Charlotte high school

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