Howard, E. “Rick” Mihlheim of Allegan, MI passed away Sunday, March 16, 2008 in Allegan. He was born on October 13, 1920 in Oelwein, Iowa to Lydia Garrels and Leonard Mihlheim. Rick was raised in Iowa and California. In California Rick and his dad were in the oil well drilling business. In 1940 Rick and his dad, Leonard, founded the Crescent Machine & Nipple Company in Allegan. Rick remained there for 46 years until his retirement in 1986. On November 21, 1939 he married his sweetheart from grade school, Jo Becker. Rick was very proud to be in the Marine Corps in World War II. He was a proud and faithful member of the Allegan Lions Club and obtained the 60 Year Member Monarch Chevron Award. Rick was active in the community, he was the Secretary for 25 years for the Mechanical Bank Collectors International, the longtime Secretary for the Men’s Monday Night Bowling League, a former 33rd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the AlleganUnitedMethodistChurch. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Jo; his son Mark F. Mihlheim of Allegan; his granddaughter and her husband, Christine and Mac White, and 3 great-grandchildren, Justin, Jenna and Jayla White all of Conroe, TX. Friends may meet with his family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at Winkel Funeral Home. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Allegan United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 11 A.M. with Pastor Bob Stover and Pastor Robert Pumfrey officiating. Immediately following the services all are invited to the church fellowship hall for refreshments. Private interment will follow at Hudson Corners Cemetery, Allegan. Memorial gifts may be made to the Allegan Lions Club or to the Allegan United Methodist Church.