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Richard "Dick" Arthur England

July 3, 1934 ~ August 26, 2020 (age 86)

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Richard “Dick” Arthur England of Eaton Rapids,

Passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 26, 2020 at the age of 86. Dick was born in McGuffey, Ohio, July 3, 1934, the son of Ray and Ruby (Conley) England. He enlisted and proudly served with the Army National Guard as an Arial photographer. For 34 years he worked for General Motors as a Material Handling Superintendent, retiring in 1987. Dick enjoyed watching the Animal Planet shows on the television, fishing in Canada and was a talented woodworker. Dick had an infectious love for his family and they will miss him greatly. His family was the focal point of his life and he felt truly blessed to be able to spend so much time with them. Even though his birthday was July 3rd, his family made his day special by celebrating with him during the parade in Eaton Rapids on the 4th every year. Dick had a great love of gardening along with his late wife, Beverly. Together they tended to their vegetable and flower gardens and shared them with friends, family and neighbors. With great care, support and love from his family, Dick was able to enjoy life in his own home up until his passing. 

Dick is survived by his children, Debra England of Charlotte, Richard (Debra) England of Elsie, T. Michael (Darlene) Swan of Eaton Rapids, Timothy (Laurie) Swan of Charlotte, Michael (Jatana Cripe) Swan of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Rachel (Scott) McCune, Jerry England, Joshua England, Ricky (Misty) England, Melissa (Donny) Bever, Teresa (Jamie) Bartley, Mischelle Prill, Tony Swan, Katie Swan, Stacee (Justin) Robison, Dillon (Harley) Swan; 20 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly England; grandson, Trevor Swan; great grandchildren, Victoria Tanner and Hayden Bartley; brothers, Danny and Merle England.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Dick’s memory. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences, www.millsfuneral.com.

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