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Richard Charles Chaffee


Loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away April 10, 2014 at the age of 73.  Richard served 4 years in the Marine Corp. at Camp Pendleton, CA and was discharged in 1965.  He was employed by General Motors for 41 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sheryl; step-father, Ernie (Meredith) Schelter; 3 children, Scott Chaffee, Michael (Kim) Chaffee, and Kim (David) Fox, and 8 beautiful grandchildren.

Richard's hobbies were many; you rarely found him idle.  He was an avid gardener and provided many with home grown tomato plants.  He loved bowling and accomplished his second 300 game at the age of 67.  Richard and Sheryl spent many enjoyable hours remodeling the log cabin at Otsego Lake and countless hours on the pontoon enjoying the lake.  The Chaffee's are huge tiger fans and spent many evenings watching the games together.  Richard also had a special connection with his cousins Marg Gutchess and Harold Pugh, and loved to take a trip to the casino to donate money anytime they called.

Richard holds a special place in the hearts of the many he touched with his kind and generous nature.  May he always be remembered by his fun loving smile and his hand forever upon the head of his favorite dogs Katie and Tyler. From his wife Sheryl: "For everything I've shared with you Richard, I am a better person because of it.  You are and will always be my soul mate, the laughter in my life and the sunshine of my day.  I will miss you so much."

Visitation is from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Monday with services 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Tiffany funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing with Pastor Ed Holsworth officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the .  Friends may visit the guest book at

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 13, 2014
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