Rickey Lynch, Sr.

Rickey Lynch, Sr.

Rickey Jeff Lynch, Sr., of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Rickey was born July 4, 1958 in Plainwell to John Sr,. and Joy (Brauer) Lynch and was a lifetime resident of the area. Right out of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for a short time, receiving a medical discharge. He remained patriotic the rest of his life.

For ten years he was employed with Fabri-Kal and then with Boylan’s Golf Cart as a traveling service mechanic for 11 years. In his leisure time he loved golfing, motorcycle riding, fishing, playing pool, camping, Jack Daniels and being with his friends. More than anything he loved his family. Rickey was a member of the Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Otsego Moose Lodge #345.

On May 21, 1994 in Otsego he married Vickey Dines, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Joy Stowell; his children, Rickey (Jamie) Lynch, Jr. of Kalamazoo, Christina Lynch of Kalamazoo, Terri (Jesse) Stout of Plainwell, Tyrel Caldwell of Portage and Danyel Caldwell of Otsego; 12 grandchildren; his siblings, David (Joni) Lynch of Augusta, John (Yvonne) Lynch, Jr. of Gobles and Dawn King of Otsego; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Lynch, Sr., and his step-father, Lloyd Stowell.

Friends may visit with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Rickey may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Moose Heart. Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Jacquie Fillmore says:

    Vicky, I am so sorry to hear of this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay Strong.
    Jacquie Fillmore

  2. Linda McCormick says:

    To the entire Lynch family I am so very sorry for your loss, there are no words. Keep his memory to help you heal. My deepest sympathy to each of you. Dawn I wish I was there to give you hugs & a shoulder. You are in my thoughts & prayers!
    May God Bless! RIP Rickey

    Linda McCormicj

  3. Shannon Klinkhammer says:

    Vickey and family, i am so sorry for your loss. May you all stay strong and find comfort and peace in each other. I will be praying for all of you. RIP Rickey

    Shannon Klinkhammer

  4. Sabine Cook says:

    I am so sorry for you loss.. I might not been from this country . But I know all the family for a long long time.. and my heart goes out to all of you.. Prayers are sent ..
    You are in my prayers .

  5. Roger & Gloria Brainard says:

    Vicki, I am so sorry to hear about Rickey. You and your family are in our thoughts and prays. Just remember you still have the great memories that you and Rickey shared each day, hold on to those thoughts and they will help you get through all of this. May God Bless all of you in this time of need. RIP Rickey.

  6. Tony Soldano says:

    Vicki, I’m lost for words, my heart aches for you and your family. Rickey was one hell of a guy, no matter what kind of mood I was in he could always make me laugh, the world will be smaller without him. If you need me or Angel for anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    Dear Lynch Family,
    I am very sorry for the passing of your loved one. May the good Lord bless you with peace, guidence, comfort and love. Dawn it’s been a long time. Since we’ve seen each other or spoke to each other. Since we graduated together. Please know my thoughts and prayers, hugs and a shoulder to lean on
    are with you. God Bless you and God’s Love to you .

  8. Tony Lefler (The Boss) says:

    Vickie my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that Rick was one of my best employees. He worked hard and always gave 110% in his job. I wished I had more employees like Rick. He will truly be missed. Please call me anytime if there is anything I can do to help.

  9. Michelle Head Zuydwegt says:

    Vicki, words just don’t begin to express how sorry I am to you and your family for the loss of Rickey. To know him was to love him, and You know that more than anyone. He brought smiles and laughter to all and was never afraid to speak his mind. Rickey was a one of a kind guy and will truley be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Tim/Judy Gates-Hayes says:

    Dawn and family sorry to hear about Rickey. Treasure the memories that you have keep them close to your heart. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  11. Denise and Don Wilson says:

    Vicki and Family…Our thoughts go out to you and your family in this time. Don and I will always will remember how Ricky would always make us feel welcome every time we ran into him. He was a great guy and will be greatly miss.

  12. Amy and Keith Fuller says:

    Vickey I am so sorry for you and your familys loss. Rick was a great person. He will be missed by many.If there is anything i can do please dont hesitate to ask. I am here for you.

  13. Scott turner says:

    Vicky sorry to have hear about ricky but you and ur family are in our prayes and even thou i only knew u and ricky from the lodge eveytime he walked in it seemed that you to always brought life to the place and he always had a big smile on his face he will be greatly missed RIP RICKY u will always be with us all

  14. Cindi Sebring says:

    Vickey, Dawn and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Rick. I know your heart is breaking right now and there is no way anyone can take that away, but the support and prayers from everyone that cares and loves you wil help you thru this. If I can help in any way please don’t hesitate to call me. All my Love and Prayers

  15. mike moore says:

    Vicky and family, words can’t discible how much ricky touch my life always happy and ready to make someone feal good. He will be missed dearly my haert and prayers go out to you if there is ny thing you need please let me know.

  16. bob bruce says:

    “SPROUT” altho i dont know the family, my heart goes out to them. i knew “sprout” (cb handle) as a fellow worker and cber. one of the kindest men one could ever meet. long after our parting he would greet me with the same friendlness as when we were together at work. we lost contact in the last few years but i often thought about him. R I P my friend..

  17. Rebecca Chester (was Adams) says:


    I was so shocked when I heard the news of Rick!! I am so sorry for your loss. I live in Alaska now or I would be there for you. Very soory to hear, I will always fondly remember our mushroom hunting trips. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  18. Elaine Lavin and Tom Haas says:

    Vickey, sure will miss “cuz”, the good Lord has taken one of our angels…..our hearts are breaking not only for Rickey but also for you too.

  19. Debbie Rantz Stone says:

    Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  20. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Vickey and Family,
    We pray for you and send our love. May you take comfort in knowing that Rickey is now a special Angel in Heaven watching over you.

  21. Howard & Terri Gott says:

    Dear Vickey, Please accept our deepest sympathy. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Howard & I are still in the state of shock. We heard about the terrible accident on the radio. on our way to Allegan. We will miss Rickey and the fun that always followed him. I know you are having a very rough time right now, but with all the love you two shared you will make it. Take that from someone who knows. Howard and I have both been there. May Rickey RIP. God Bless you.

  22. Karen Burnell Krajecki says:

    To the entire Lynch family

    My deepest sympathy to your entire family. I went to school and graduated with Rick and I was stunned to hear of this. He touched more lives than anyone will ever know. RIP Rick

  23. Mike and Chris Podolsky says:

    Danyel and family
    So sorry to hear of your dads passing our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pleas call us if you need anything even if its just to watch the kids so you guys can have some time together. Rest in peace Rick sending our love.
    Mike, Chris, and the boys

  24. Chelsea Martin says:

    The loss of a loved one is so hard to face, you just want to hide, go somewhere and escape! But death is something we must all go through, I know it’s hard when someone you loved and knew. Just know now he is in a better place, no more hurt or pain shall he face,It seems unfair and yes this is true, but he is in Heaven now watching over you. God has called him home to rest, and he’s being well taken care of because God knows best.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    RIP Rickey

  25. Kelley DePauw (Ayers) says:

    Vickey and family, I am so sorry about your loss. Even though I haven’t seen either of you in years I remember Rickey’s mischevious grin and his way of making people laugh! My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Rickey….

  26. Julie Shaw says:

    So sorry to hear about Rickey…he will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
    1 Corinthians 1:3

  27. Bonnie and Pete Janke says:

    Vicki and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Pete and I will miss Rickey daily. He could always make me smile, no matter how mad i was at Pete. We are here for you Vicki, if you need anything. I am praying for you and your family.

  28. Michelle and Jim Murphy says:

    Vickey – I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! RIP Ricky!

  29. Rick and Kandy Steinke says:

    Vicki and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heart hurts for you. We will miss one of our fellow Moose family. Hang on to your memories and all of us. God bless you.

    Rick and Kandy Steinke

  30. Melanie Mathis Hooker says:

    Ricky and Jamie – sorry for your loss, Remember the good times!

  31. George and Michelle Roemer says:

    Vickey and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Rickey will be missed and if you need anything please let us know.

    George and Michelle Roemer

  32. Lisa Cheyne says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family Vicki – I love you so much and I’ll always be here for you Vicki. God Bless you Rick. I’ll know you’ll always be in our hearts to make us smile.

  33. Town Family says:

    Vicki, and Family, Our hearts go out to you all. Vicki if you need ANYTHING you just call we will be right there!

  34. Kim Adams says:

    Rick was a special guy whom we feel blessed to have known and called a friend. I’m so sorry for your tragic loss, Vicki. On behalf of Ashley, Amber and myself, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family even though we are unable to be there to personally provide support. May your many fond memories help ease the pain.

    Kim, Ashley and Amber

  35. Terri Shatto Shaler says:

    Dawn and Family.
    I am so sorry about your loss. I heard about Ricky’s accident through our church prayer chain (Otsego United Methodist). Know that many people throughout the community are keeping your family in prayer. May you feel God’s Presence and Peace in this difficult time.

  36. Doug & Shirley Duryea says:

    Rick will be missed by us and just last Friday talking with him. He had the world by the tail with his 2 stints to the heart was giving him a great feeling. He was quick of wit and kept you on your toes. Our prayers are with all the family.

  37. Kim Martin Kanet says:

    I don’t even know what to say to you Vicki. The sun has dimmed, the birds have hushed their singing, and the world has stopped. Your Rickey will be so missed by so many. Nothing will ever be same. Just know that we are all out here to help you and the kids through. Anything, anytime, anywhere! You know the rules.
    Love you Kiddo and see ya soon

  38. John and Kathy Rademacher says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Vicky!! God Bless you and know that he is with John Bayard again!!! You two have always been great friends to us and we Thank You for that! Gods Speed Beautiful Lady!!

  39. Jan Jameson says:

    My sincere condolences to you Vickie and the whole family.

  40. Tod Hatfield says:

    Rick you were a man ten feet tall in my opinion and im sure anyone who got to know you thought so too.
    I will and always will remember you Rick as the little guy who was a giant in heart, body and soul.
    Condolences to Ricks Wife and Family.

  41. Ken & Sue Andres says:

    Oh Vicky, we are ‘SO’ very sorry for your loss. What a fan club this man had! He was such a love. . We will all miss him, but our prayers are for you. God Bless and know God Heals all of our pain with time. Oh dear, words do no justice. Just hang on, we are praying for you.

  42. Clay and Diane Smith says:

    Vicky… Diane and I are so so sorry for you and your family… we are in such disbelief..we are lost for words… we are here for you…our prayers and thoughts are with you all!!

  43. Debbie and Hogi Holst says:

    Vickey words can’t describe the pain and loss we have in our hearts for you the call that morning from you put Hogi and I into shock we
    will miss him greatly and cherish his memory forever you two shared a love most people only dream of hold on to that and all the memories you made together time doesn’t heal I believe it just makes it bareable
    We have had great times with the two of you and plan to have many more with you alway’s remember the heaven’s are a better place because they have Rickey and the world is just sadder God Bless you Vickey and your family if you need anything please call if not we
    will see you soon love ya

  44. Mel and Brenda Fargo says:

    Vicki and Family,
    Sending you love and prayers, Ricki was one of a kind, one of the very best of a kind, always enjoyed seeing him. We know he is making God laugh. Mel and Brenda

  45. Debbie Benzie says:

    Vickey and family,

    So sorry about Rick and the loss the family is going through. We have not always been close and have had our differences over the years. We are family and the hurt goes deep for everyone, do not be afraid to lean on other people and talk about it, don’t hold it in. Rick will be miss by so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong!



  46. Jason & Monica Knopf says:

    Vickey and family we are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers…….we will remember the fun times

  47. Terri Konecny says:

    Vickey, my prayers and condolences to you for the loss of your husband. Keep the faith that God will give you strength to get thru one day at a time, and courage to take comfort in your memories.God Bless!

  48. amy and squirrel predum says:

    Sorry for your loss.i always teased ricky about being taller than him.He will be missed.If you need anything give us a call.Hang in there he will not be forgotten.

  49. Jerry and Cheryl Andrews says:

    Vickey, Sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be greatly missed.

  50. Dan Stratton says:

    My condolences to the Lynch family. I spent many hours with them playing football on Sundays and square dancing in Cooper. Dave, John, and Dawn you are in my thoughts during this tragic time.

  51. Kay Miller Snyder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Vickey, May God put his hand on you and help the the healing begin, Sending prayers to you and all of your family to help you thought this difficult time. Your friend from the class of 80

  52. Garry Parrish says:

    Vickey and Family:
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.
    Your in our thoughts and prayers. Ricky will truely be missed.

    Garry and Terri Parrish

  53. Tony Baker says:

    Lynch Family, So sorry for your loss. After working with Rick everyday for 9 years I can say he will be missed very much. I’ve never in my life known a man that loved his wife more than he did Vickey. Let me know if there is ever anything my family can do to help.

  54. RICK LYNCH JR says:

    Love you Dad

  55. Mom and Pa Syers says:

    Our dearest Vickey and family: We will be away for a while but you will be in our thoughts every day. Please remember all our fun times and stay strong. God will be with you and Rickey will be walking with you in spirit. We love you very, very much.

  56. TONY WEAVER says:


  57. Jamie Lynch says:

    It’s been well over a year since the accident. Still can’t believe you are not (here) anymore….We miss you so much!
    Love You!

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