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Richard "Dick" RuemenappJanuary 24, 1934 ~ April 28, 2017 (age 83)
Richard Michael Ruemenapp, 83
Richard M. Ruemenapp, known to his friends as "Dick", passed from this life on Friday afternoon, April 28, 2017 at Mallard Cove, at the age of 83.
His family plan to remember and celebrate his life with a Funeral Mass that will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; Fr. Dennis Stilwell will act as celebrant. Visitation is planned for Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Stone Funeral Home, a rosary service will take place at 7p.m., visitation time will also be held in the church gathering space on Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
He was born in Detroit, on January 24, 1934 to Charles and Josephine (Ringle) Ruemenapp and attended Detroit Catholic Schools. On October 12, 1953 he entered service with the United States Army, he was assigned to the Third Armored Division and was stationed at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. He was honorably discharged on October 11, 1955. Following his military service, Dick enrolled in college and attended Walsh College of Business and Accounting in Detroit, eventually earning a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. In the early 1960's he married Mary Ann Stepowski, she sadly preceded him in death in 1977.
Dick moved north in 1981 with his young family settling in Petoskey, shortly thereafter on November 6, 1982 he married Margaret (Lilly) Blachut, and together Dick and Margaret raised seven children. Dick has worked for nearly all of his professional life in accounting, for both area businesses and privately. On December 31st this last year, Dick retired after many years as the Business Manager of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Dick's children will remember him fondly as an incredible roll model; honorable and honest to a fault, and always there to offer support and advice. His Catholic faith was central to his life, for many years he was an active member of the Teams of Our Lady, a group that endeavors to bring closer married couples through the Sacrament of Marriage. In his free time he enjoyed reading and travel, he also loved playing cards and was a skilled bridge player.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Margaret and by their children, Teresa Baldwin of Eaton Rapids, Elizabeth (Armin) Doerr of Germany, Rick (Kate) Ruemenapp of Hudsonville, John Ruemenapp (Laura Arnold) of Marshall, Tina Blackman of Petoskey, and Andrew (Christie) Ruemenapp of Denver, Colorado. Dick is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Margaret, Adam, Ian, Gabby, Julian, Alexander, Sabrina, Dylan, Isabel, Jacob, Jordan, Aaron, Joey, Emma and Miles; and by his brother, Charles (Bernice) Ruemenapp, and sister Ruth Tessmer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Including his wife Mary Ann he was also preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Jensen-Colfer and by his sister Doris Arickx.
While flowers are welcome his family would prefer friends consider donations in his memory to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.