Richard Simkins
1942 - 2020
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Simkins, Richard Richard "Rick" Cady Simkins, 77 of Lowell, MI passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Rick was born on November 20, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Richard and Alice (Whitwam) Simkins. He received his business degree in Finance from Michigan State University in 1966. On November 8, 1969, he married Maria Kusterer and together raised two sons, Steven and Bradley. Rick had a great love for his family, travel, and the water. He was an avid water skier and taught a countless number of people how to water ski. He was also a lifelong Spartan, holding season tickets to basketball and football for many years. He was known for his welcoming smile and generous spirit. He loved to host family and friends at their home, always engaging in warm conversations and making every guest feel at home. Rick was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maria, sons Steven (Melissa) and Bradley (Catherine) both of Lowell, and six grandchildren: Grace, Caden, Makenzie, Lilah, Kellen, and Zachary. A private funeral service will be held by the family. Interment will be in the Graceland Memorial Park columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Brody's Be Cafe ( or the West Michigan Adaptive Water Ski Club c/o Kentwood Parks & Recreation (

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
I knew Rick from when he stopped in at my Ada Drug Store. We always hit it off with talks about work, football, and such. He was lively and always had a smile. I knew his Dad and Mom, who were also nice people.
Steve Haarman
August 12, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Joel and Brenda Roudabush
Brenda Roudabush
August 10, 2020
I have many fond memories of Rick from my high school and college days. He was a great guy and friend. I am thinking about Rick and his family at this sad time. Nancy Maier Richard
Nancy Maier Richard
August 10, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending loving thoughts your way.
Jill Fehrenbach
August 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Always loved hanging with Rick at MSU football games. He was sweet man. Hugs to everyone and my God give you peace and hold you during this difficult time.
Erin Munich
August 7, 2020
How extremely fortunate we are to have been able to spend time with Rick. He will be missed. Our condolences to the family from Mary and me.
Scott Eggleston
August 7, 2020
I grew up across the river and loved to watch Rick ski. Whenever I heard the powerful sound of his inboard motor, I'd run down to the dock so I could watch. I was younger so didn't know him well but do remember how nice he always seemed.
Andrea Morse
August 6, 2020
After Rick being a really good friend for 49 years , there’s a huge void in my life.
My sincere condolences and prayers to his family.
John Robertson
August 6, 2020
Rick was a really good dude. Always happy, always smiling, and always made people feel welcome. I am blessed to have known him and the whole family. Praying for you all.
Mark VanLente
August 5, 2020
My families deepest heart felt condolences. Rick was such a great and always positive man. He was a wonderful part of my childhood and will surely be missed by many. RIP and God bless all.
N. Michael Tuma and family
N. Michael Tuma
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