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Richard DeWildt

May 23, 1930 - February 11, 2020
South Haven, MI



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American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 15829
Arlington, VA 22215
(800) 342-2383
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Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 89, passed away February 11, 2020. Richard was born May 23, 1930 in Grand Rapids to the late Peter and Ethel (Leach) DeWildt. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ilene DeWildt; son, Steven De Wildt; granddaughter, Laura Hardin; and siblings, Jack DeWildt, Don DeWildt and Natalie Kloosterman. Richard is survived by his children, Diana Hardin, Linda (Jim) Cooper, Kathy (Gary) Scheidel, Sam DeWildt, Marcia (Phillip) Dolci, Lisa (Bruce) Kietzman; daughter-in-law, Kathleen DeWildt; grandchildren, Tom (Cari) Hardin, Travis Cooper, Amanda (Brent) Patterson, Christopher (Sarah) DeWildt, Sara (Nathan) Krasinski, Joseph (Jingyi Li) Swartz, Jake Swartz, Candice (Darryn) Hansen, Jennifer (Scott) Hansen, Ray (Tessa) Scheidel, Derek (Kristy) Scheidel, Malinda (Eric) Vandenberg, Philicia (Tim) Maddox, Phillip (Brittany) Dolci, Nicole Gladson, Corey (Tara) Kietzman, Shelly (Brad) Bush, Andrew (Erika) Kietzman; and many great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 6-9 PM on Friday, May 1, 2020 and on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to submit a favorite memory, photo or to sign the guestbook online.