Richard C. Pathic Sr.

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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  1. Jim & Bonnie Hoffman says:

    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.

  2. Sue knapp says:

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

  3. Laurie Maxam says:

    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!

  4. Jan Ford says:

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

  5. Amanda Reid says:

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

  6. LaRayne Sweet says:

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

  7. Randal Max says:

    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.

  8. David L. Morehead says:

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

  9. Christine Thaxton Zeeryp says:

    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.

  10. Dan and Kathy Hughes says:

    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.

  11. Kathi Fuss says:

    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.

  12. Sue (Hicks) Browne says:

    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

  13. Joe & Kelly Sherwood says:


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

    Joe & Kelly Sherwood

  14. Karen Mulder says:

    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.

  15. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    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!

  16. Susan Frary says:

    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!

  17. Stacey Pathic Sprau says:

    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

  18. Tosha wemple says:

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

  19. Tosha wemple says:

    I will missed him and love him as my own grandpa

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