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Richard C. Pathic Sr.

Richard passed away Friday, December 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at Bronson Commons in Mattawan.

He was born July 18, 1944 to Owen and Rosa (Pierce) Pathic. Richard had been a police officer and chief for the Mattawan Police Department for 5 years. He had owned and operated Richard Pathic Construction and after 20 years as a corrections officer he retired from the State of Michigan. In his free time Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Masons and Elks Lodge.

Surviving are his children, Bill Pathic of Allegan, Stacey (Jim) Sprau of Otsego, Dori (Todd) Putman of Kalamazoo and Richard Pathic Jr. of Mecosta; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; companion, Shelia Hayse and siblings, Pat (Max) Goff and Evelyn Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Owen Pathic Jr., Billy Pathic, Mary Fargo and Beverly Joyce.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 3-4 P.M., Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 4:00 P.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo at a later time.

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Jim & Bonnie Hoffman

December 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

To Dick’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. We always had such a good time with Dick & Diane when we lived in Mattawan. He gave me the opportunity to become one of his officers and I will always be in honor for that. He was truly good at police work and taught me so much. Rest in Peace my great friend, you will be missed. Jim & Bonnie Hoffman.


Sue knapp

December 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Stacy -so sorry to hear this-hugs to all of you


Laurie Maxam

December 23, 2017 at 9:27 am

My prayers go out to all of you. I’m glad I got to reconnect with him this last year. Rest in peace Dick. God bless!


Jan Ford

December 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

My sincere condolences to the Pathic family. Remember the good times with Love. May he Rest In Peace. jan Ford


Amanda Reid

December 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

My prays go out to his family. Think of all the good times! R.i.p my Dick!


LaRayne Sweet

December 24, 2017 at 5:22 am

So sorry..I have only the best childhood memories of this adored man..praying for you all at this difficult time. .xo


Randal Max

December 24, 2017 at 8:49 am

Sorry for your loss Stacey. I know he was very special to you as I am certain you were to him. I pray that you find peace.


David L. Morehead

December 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

My heart is with all of my dear cousins at this time….shalom ~


Christine Thaxton Zeeryp

December 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Dori, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. I remember a lot of good times with you and your father. He was a great boss to work for, and a good friend and he will be missed. All my love.


Dan and Kathy Hughes

December 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Our condolences and prayers to Dick’s family. We lost touch with him quite a few years ago and were unaware of his illness. May he rest in peace.


Kathi Fuss

December 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I have lots of memories of Dick! We had a lot of good times, parties, campaigning and more! You are all in my thoughts at this rough time.


Sue (Hicks) Browne

December 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Stacy and Bill we were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Do know how much Steve, Chris and I care about you. Much sympathy, Sue


Joe & Kelly Sherwood

December 28, 2017 at 10:15 am


Joe & I are so very sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joe & Kelly Sherwood


Karen Mulder

December 28, 2017 at 10:41 am

Omg. I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know until yesterday at Judy’s restaurant. I enjoyed managing the Otsego Inn all the year I could. The New one that is. Prayers to you all. Sorry I missed the funeral. ♡♥♡ Karen Mulder.


Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut

December 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Dear Shelia: Just now read the passing of Dick. So sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you as you go through the difficult hours, days and months! Sending hugs and prayers for you! Love you!


Susan Frary

December 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Pathic Family:

I was a fellow officer of Dick’s with the MDOC. Very sorry to

hear of his passing. He was a respected and well-liked Officer

by both co-workers and inmates. A smart, likeable guy who also

had great business sense. He was always was a lot of fun to work

with and is deeply missed. God Bless you all!


Stacey Pathic Sprau

January 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Thank you for the condolences. It is a difficult time for the family, but with all this support and prayers it helps us stay strong.

Dad had suffered after the stroke getting his left side to work and as you know him. That was not exceptable.

He decided after his short stay in Bronson this December enough was enough. He was very a peace with his decision and went to the Lord with no pain. Watching him cross over with my sister and Aunt Pat was something I will never forget.

Hugs to all of you!

Stacey Sprau


Tosha wemple

January 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

I’m praying for his family and I will missed him very much


Tosha wemple

January 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm

I will missed him and love him as my own grandpa


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