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Richard A. Tyler

Richard passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born April 2, 1942 in Kalamazoo, the son of Arthur and Alma (Laymon) Tyler. For over 43 years Richard worked as a marking room clerk at Meijer on Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo until his retirement in 2007.

Richard had previously belonged to the Otsego Church of God and was an active member of the Comstock Church of God. He was involved with the puppet ministry and teaching Sunday school. In his free time Richard enjoyed woodworking, gardening and landscaping, working with electronics, reading, doodling and making models. He volunteered at Alamo Nursing Home and Life Care Center in Plainwell. On May 19, 1973 in Otsego he married Carol Burd who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Dorothy (Jason) Kovacs of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Robyn and Andrew; sister, Alice Stringer of Florida and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Homer.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 5-7 PM, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 6, 2021 with Pastor Gerald Miller officiating. A committal service will be held at 2:30 P.M., at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the American Decency Association or the American Heart Association.

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Darlene & Robert Takacs

October 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

We’re so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.


Michelle Wood

October 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

Please accept my deepest sincere sympathy on Richard’s passing. My grandmother worked with Rich and I saw him frequently as a young child. He was always so pleasant to me; a truly nice man. I will forever have fond memories of Rich.


Pat Dedoes

October 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

I am so sorry, Carol, to hear of Richard’s passing. May God be close and comfort you all. Please accept my condolences.


Sue Browne

October 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm

I am an OHS classmate of Richard’s. We marched in together on graduation day.

He was a super nice guy.

My deepest sympathy to his family


Rosemary Budzinski

October 5, 2021 at 9:45 am

To Sister Carol Tyler and family

I can just hear Brother Richard sing

“I’ll put my whole heart in His Service and do what he asks of me,

I mean to live Holy and Blameless, A Christian indeed will I be”

Brother Richard memorized many Bible scriptures and was eager to share with anyone his testimony.

Revelations 21:4

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and their shall be no more death neither sorrow, no crying, neither shall their be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Sister Carol you are a wonderful blessing to us all.

In Christian love

Sister Rose


Lynne Cook

October 5, 2021 at 1:40 pm

So sorry to hear of Richards passing. May God give you comfort and peace at this difficult time.


Daniel Newhouse

October 6, 2021 at 11:00 am

All my love


Annie Pass

November 23, 2023 at 7:24 pm


Think of your family often when with Walt Murphy so many years ago but never forgot your kindness.

I am sorry for your loss. Time surely travels swiftly. I pray you still have faithful believers close by.

God keep you.

A. Pass was Judy Anna Murphy


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