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Richard R. Brewer

Rick passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Plainwell.

He was born September 10, 1950 in Plainwell the son of Richard and Helen (Minegar) Brewer. Rick was a 1969 Plainwell High School graduate. He had worked at Allegan Tubular Products for 23 years until his retirement in 2013.

Rick loved cars which started with his ’72 Dodge Demon. He also enjoyed hill racing with his motorcycles, big and small tractors, telling family stories and having the newest TV or stereo.

On October 4, 1969 in Otsego he married Connie Lanz who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Jerry (Karrie) Brewer of Plainwell; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sandy (Richard) Kurtz of Richland and Vicki (Jeff) Massey of Plainwell; step-siblings, Dave (Wendy) Conner, Cecil (Shirley) Conner and Barb (Bruce) Holzhausen; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-sister, Rita Jacobs.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 1, 2019, at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Rick may be made to the

American Cancer Society


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Pam mchugh

June 26, 2019 at 4:01 pm

I’m so sorry jerry


Nicole knowlton

June 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Im sorry to read this jerry and family praying for you all love you guys


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

June 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Oh Connie, I am so very sorry. It was just a few weeks ago at lexi’s grad party, that you told me you guys had just found out about the cancer . May God’s grace be with you in the difficult days ahead.

Love and hugs to you!!

Mike and Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal


Penny Pulver Baker

June 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

Hi Connie. Just saw this sad news. I am so sorry for your Huge Loss.

Thinking of you.

Penny Pulver Baker


Karrie Brewer

June 26, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Dad ( Rick Brewer )

Was the best father in law I could have asked for. He was funny, loving and cared about his family more than anything. I will miss his smile and all his stories he told and the the way he liked to pick on Mom. I love you Dad. ❤



June 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

My condolences to the family. Growing up next to y’all I always thought your family was always so nice, sorry to hear the Jerry, our prayers are with y’all.


Sharon Buys

June 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm

So sorry for your loss, Connie.


Sharon Buys

June 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

Dave and Wendy. Sorry for your loss.


Carol Jeannie McLarty

June 26, 2019 at 11:26 pm

I am so sorry-my Husband passed away 1 year ago Christmas Day with Bone Marrow Cancer-I will make sure that I give more to The Cancer Society-I remember when I stayed with Sandy and Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Helen’s-Vicki was so little and you were there, too, Ricki-Much love to you all…


Kevin & Cheryl lanz

June 26, 2019 at 11:26 pm


We are so sorry and upset to have found out about Rick. We loved the both of you very much and we are very sorry for what has happened in the past but the past is the past. Only God knows why he did this Please forgive us as God does.We love you Connie very ,much Rick was the best brother in law we ever had.


Cheryl & Kevin Lanz


Chris Brown

June 27, 2019 at 8:13 am

Connie and Jerry,

So very sad to hear about Rick’s passing. Linda contacted me to let me know. Keep his spirit alive with all of the grandkids telling stories of all the things all of you enjoyed together and I am sure there are many. I hope those stories will bring some smiles through the tears as you remember your lives together. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for God’s comfort. We love you dearly.

Chris and Jennie


Vicki Parmater Harris

June 27, 2019 at 8:56 am

Connie, I am so very sorry! I lost my husband almost 2 years ago. If you want to talk to someone who knows what you are going through, please feel free to contact me.


Vicki Parmater Harris


Kellie Heintz

June 27, 2019 at 9:50 am

Aunt Connie, Jerry and Family

My thoughts, prayers and heart are with you all. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that he’s gone. I wish I could be there with you to laugh, cry and say goodbye. Sending love and hugs! Rest in Paradise Uncle Rick! I love you

Kellie (Kurtz) Heintz


Lonnie Cool

June 27, 2019 at 10:12 am


We are so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. He was one of my first friends in junior high he introduced me to dirt bikes and I introduced him to Coney Island hot dogs. We had a lot a lot of good times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lonnie & Dorothy Cool


Georgia Lighthizer

June 27, 2019 at 11:03 am

Connie, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. My you find Gods peace and comfort in your memories.


Pamela Kurtz

June 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Connie and Jerry Brewer, Sandra (Brewer)Kurtz.

My heart my love my life goes out to our entire family for our loss of my Uncle Rick. Love you to the moon and back


Skip Whitney

June 27, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Rick was an employee of mine for many years. He was a super worker but more than that he was a great friend. He will be missed by all those who knew him. Connie and Jerry you will be in my prayers. May the Lord help you through this terrible loss.


Ted Tremaine

June 27, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Connie, Jerry and Family,

So sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Rick was loved by the whole family and will be missed dearly. Love you guy’s.



Deborah Plott

June 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Connie, I am so sorry to hear about Rick….You are in my thoughts. Remember the good times with him………


Jeff and Joan Doolittle

June 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Connie ,

You guys have been the best neighbors we’ve ever had. You always kept an eye out for our place and let us know if strange cars where here. We will miss talking to the both of you while you were out with Buddy. Rick will be missed, he was a great guy. Call on us anytime Connie if you need anything Love you

I am glad you have a lot of relatives and friends looking out for you.


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