Richard John McCoy, 69, of Bad Axe passed away after a short illness January 8th, 2021 at home with the assistance of Heartland Hospice while surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born May 3rd, 1951 in Sandusky, Michigan to the late Dr. William and Olive McCoy. He graduated Bad Axe High School in 1969. Richard served in the United States Army from August 1969 to August 1971, and deployed to Vietnam in February 1970 as a member of the 1st BN 46th Infantry RGT Americal Division until wounded in October 1970. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on August 25, 1971.
Richard married Patricia Louise Boss on August 8th, 1976. He pursued a career stemming from an interest in metals, and was awarded a Certificate in Welding with High Distinction from Ferris State College in August 1980. Over the course of several decades, he worked as an Apprentice and eventually achieved certification as a Tool and Die Maker from the Allied Industrial Workers of America Local 628. Richard worked locally at the Ground Mole, Thumb Tool and Engineering, Active Industries, and Tower Automotive. His interest in metals led him to cultivate blacksmithing as a hobby, and he participated in events with the Bad Axe Historical Society.
Richard was an intelligent, nature-loving, empathetic man with a large sense of honor, integrity, and duty who will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Bad Axe and four children: Justin, of Addison, Texas; Dr. Simon McCoy and his special friend, Kimberly Holzwart, of Harbor Beach; Kathryn Booms and her husband, Chris of Loveland, Ohio; and William and his wife, Mercedes of Nashville, Michigan; three special grandchildren whom he adored: Benjamin, Addison, and Augustus; one brother Donald J. McCoy and his wife, Michele, of Holly, Michigan; and one sister Karen Resmer and her husband, Gerry, of Midland, Michigan.
Richard is preceded in death by his sister Nancy MacKenzie in 2011 and her husband Dr. Alister Mackenzie in 2009, his father Dr. William McCoy in 2009, his mother Olive in 2002, and his brothers William J. in 1966, and James P. in 1962.
Visitation for Richard will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church/St. Hubert Parish from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021. Funeral mass will follow at 2 p.m. with Fr. T.J. Fleming officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sanilac County Humane Society 3847 Sheldon St, P.O. Box 27, Carsonville, MI 48419.
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