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Richard D. Froelich

Rick went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, surrounded by family, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 16, 1951 in Detroit, the son of Adelbert and Corrine (Mersman) Froelich. Rick was a 1969 Plainwell High School graduate where he met his future wife, Jane aka Deb. He worked for Yoplait and Walmart as a perishable product relocation specialist for many years. He also owned and operated Golden Pizza in Otsego and Battle Creek.

Rick enjoyed drag racing, especially the past 50 years at the US Nationals with his 2


family, vacationing in Sault Ste. Marie, spending time at Gun Lake and Saturdays garage saling with family. Most of all Rick loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Otsego Church of God.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah; children, Kim (Brad) Cronin, Mark (Carrie) Froelich and Lisa (Tom) Hennip; grandchildren, Jake, Lexi, Jace, Lawson and Cole; siblings, Jim (Diane) Froelich and Dan (Linda) Froelich along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Marcia and brother, Tedd.

Friends may visit with Rick’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the Otsego Church of God, until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 P.M., with Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Rick may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Ronnie harter

September 8, 2022 at 2:08 pm

I will never forget ya lil ricky


Mike Retherford

September 8, 2022 at 2:08 pm

I’ve known Rick since his freshman year at PHS. We picked and barbed at each other but Rick was accepted as one ours. Our road equipment was based out the the same facility so we ran into each other often. I truly wish that he could’ve enjoyed more of his retirement. Safe journey driver.


Terry and Beth Baumann

September 8, 2022 at 2:09 pm

Joy and sorrow. We rejoice with you that his suffering is over and he is in the presence of the Lord. We grieve with you in this massive loss. We are so sorry, Deb.


Todd Allen

September 8, 2022 at 2:59 pm

Sorry to hear of the family’s loss condolences at this time!

The Allen Family


Nancy Nap

September 8, 2022 at 4:45 pm


So sorry for the loss of your brother.

Nancy (Stockwell) Nap


Barbara Montgomery

September 8, 2022 at 7:24 pm

Deb and Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss! May God provide you with comfort and strength during this most difficult time. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Neil and Barb Montgomery


Patrick Burnham

September 8, 2022 at 7:52 pm

Rick was my brother in Christ. I have such great memories of him and his caring manner. The Men’s Easter breakfast feast was one of my favorite times to hang out with Rick, especially doing the shopping on Saturday morning with all the guys, including breakfast at Poor Richards. Every time I saw a Walmart truck, I always had to look to see if it was Rick. It never was! Love you brother!


Bill Gilbert

September 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm

so sorry to hear this. I worked with Rick at Wal-Mart such a nice pleasant guy prayers to the family for your loss. RIP Rick, truck on my friend


Barb Wolverton

September 8, 2022 at 8:54 pm

Deb and family,

I’m so sorry for your loss.



September 9, 2022 at 1:50 am

I’m so sorry. I will miss him. My prayers are with you guys.


Randy and Sharon Watson

September 9, 2022 at 10:52 am

Rick and l went back along way when him and Deb ran Golden Pizza while l was chasing my now wife of 40 some years then while driving together at Yoplait.

Rest In Peace my friend

Thoughts and prayers to Deb and the family.


Jennifer L Shearer

September 9, 2022 at 11:07 am

Sending you love at this difficult time.


Craig Warren

September 9, 2022 at 4:37 pm

I will never forget, and will always treasure our crazy times at Yoplait. So very sorry. Drive on my friend. Prayers to Deb and the kids.


Sally Betzner

September 9, 2022 at 7:37 pm

Am sorry for the loss of your husband and father.


Gerald Robinson

September 9, 2022 at 8:30 pm

Deb ,

Sorry for your loss of your loving husband.


Mary Ann & Roger Cronin

September 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

We are so very sorry for your loss, Deb.

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Lisa and Denny Ritchie

September 10, 2022 at 1:10 pm

So sorry to hear about Rick. Deepest condolences to the family.


Pam Peck

September 11, 2022 at 6:56 am

You will be so missed by all of your friends and “family” at 6843.

“Bless this truck I drive

And help me keep someone alive

Be my mortal sight this day

On streets where little children play

Bless my helper fast asleep

When the night is long and deep

And keep my cargo safe and sound

Through the hours big and round

Make my judgement sound as steel

And be my hands upon the wheel

Bless the travelers going past

And teach them to not go too fast

Give me strength for every trip

So I may care for what they ship

And make me mindful every mile

That life is just a little while.



Sally A Laws

September 11, 2022 at 9:23 am

So very sorry for your loss, Rick was a great guy.


Mike Chase

September 12, 2022 at 6:38 pm

To the Froelich Family,

I’m very sorry to hear of Rick passing away. He was a very nice guy. My prayers & thoughts to the family.


Beth Loftus

September 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm

Lisa – I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Father’s are special to daughters. I wish I could have been here for you. Thinking about you a lot.


Vern Lanphear

October 2, 2022 at 7:22 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the Froelich family at the time of your loss. I remember all the good times we had when we were in high school and after we graduated. We kinda loss track of each other over the years as my wife and I live out of the area.


Brian Arehart

October 12, 2022 at 6:41 am


Sorry to read of Rick’s passing.


Jim an Jan

October 26, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Deb an Family, So sorry to here about Rick,didn’t know anything was wrong. Just ran into Craig Warren an he told me. Sending prayers



October 29, 2022 at 8:34 am

I was looking for Ricky and teddy for years, spelling their name Froelich wrong.

I misses Ricky by only a few weeks – would very much have loved to talk with him again.

Deborah (widow) and/or brother Jim;

Please call me!!




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