Richard R. Ueck Sr.

Richard R. Ueck Sr.

Dick passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born December 21, 1935 in Benton Harbor, MI, the son of Arthur and Cecelia (Miller) Ueck. Dick served his country in the US Marine Corp during the Korean War. For many years he had worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the Parks and Waterways Divisions until his retirement in 1992. In his spare time Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to his cabin up north. He was a member of Gun River Skeet & Trap Club and Grouse Tales. On January 7, 1956 in Benton Harbor he married Margaret “Jeanne” Bacon who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Patricia Ueck and Richard Jr. (Dawn) Ueck; grandchildren, Arthur Ueck and Hillary Ueck; brother-in-law, Robert Bacon; sister-in-law, Betsy Bacon; cousin, Josie Taube, 3 nieces and 1 nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; cousin, Tom Taube and special uncle, Wilbur Ueck.

A private family service will be held with burial at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor.

Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego.

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  1. Mary Anson says:

    You will be greatly missed Dear friend!! Our hearts are with you Jeanne! Love you both !!
    Mary & Dan Anson

  2. Randy and Julie Wyhowski says:

    Jeanne, Rich, Dawn, Pat, Arthur and Hillary, our love and prayers are with you all. We thank God for being blessed to have known Dick and call him our friend. He will be missed.

  3. Tracy says:

    Jeanne I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was one of the best men that I’ve ever worked with. He leaves such a wonderful legacy for all of the DNR family. Sending prayers. Take care. Xo

  4. Larry and Sharon Thompson says:

    Our condolences. You are in our prayers.

  5. William Rupright says:

    Janine, my condolences to you and your family

  6. David Van't Hof says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He always greeted me with a smile and questions about my life. I throughly enjoyed visiting with him at the District Office. We will all miss him.

  7. Todd Allen says:

    Dear Jean so sorry to hear about Dick you are both very special people he will be missed, mom and dad thought the world of you both and thanks for being there in our tough times.
    Sincerely Tim , Todd and the rest of the Allen family

  8. Fran Brown says:

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing, he was one great guy. Our prayers are with you Jeanne.
    Bob & Fran Brown

  9. Sandy Richardson says:

    Prayers for all of you. Dicks memories now live on through his stories and writings which he loved to share. I appreciated conversations with him, though brief. Sending blessings to the family. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Admin Support

  10. Mark Buchinger says:

    Jeanne, we are so saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a great supervisor and the ultimate Department employee. He will not be forgotten.
    Mark and Janelle

  11. Paul Koehler says:

    In memory of Janet Holmes Koehler, your loss is with your 1953 Benton Harbor classmates.
    His book was read by many.

  12. Bill Deephouse says:

    Dear Jeanne – My deepest sympathy on your loss. Dick was my supervisor for the three years I worked out of the Grand Rapids district for Waterways Division. I always enjoyed interacting with Dick. I was even fortunate enough to visit him at your camp on Lac Vieux Desert after I moved to the U.P. He was a very fair supervisor and I really liked him. May God’s blessings help you in this time of sorrow.

  13. Phil and Sharon Anson says:

    Sorry for your loss

  14. Paul Curtis says:

    Jeanne…I am saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was fun to work with, always had a cheerful outlook, and was a gentleman…a great guy to know. He will be missed…Paul

  15. Sherie Dallard Mucia says:

    We haven’t seen each other in a long time, Jeanne, but I hope you know you and Richard were always near and dear to me. My family lived just a few homes away from Richard’s grandparents and aunt and uncle, so I’ve known the Ueck family since childhood.
    Your husband was a great guy and obviously will be missed by many. You have my heartfelt condolences. God bless.

  16. Mike Bailey says:

    Jeanne, I am so saddened and sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a great friend. I greatly enjoyed and cherished his stories, mentorship and guidance. You and Dick always made coming to Plainwell an enjoyable and family experience. I greatly miss our “discussions” on grouse and bear management, especially during our visits to the north country. I offer you my sincere condolences and may God help you through this time of loss.


  17. Jerry Stilson says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Dicks passing. I considered him a very good friend. I regret that we did not see much of you folks after our retirements. Memories clear back to the Porkies. How do I get his book? We are in Florida at the time. Regards and best wishes as you move forward without your lifes mate . Jerry & Marlene Stilson

  18. Harry & barb Selleck says:

    Our condolences. Good memories of Dick and his steady approach to his work while working in the DNR. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy go out to you and your family. Harry and Barb Selleck

  19. Dawn Greene says:

    Jeanne, I am saddened to hear of Dick’a passing and pray for God’s comfort for you and family.

  20. Brian Arehart says:


    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.


    • Richard says:

      Thank you Brian

  21. Terri Enos says:

    Jeanne and family

    So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. Thoughts and prayers to your family during this time of sadness. You mean a lot to my mom n dad. Take care.

  22. Jeff King says:

    Jeanne – So sorry of your loss with Dick’s passing. I loved working with him – he was a great “go-to” mentor and old-school guy if there ever was one. From the day I came with my family to work in Plainwell, he engaged me, and always challenged me to be both a better person and professional. They just don’t make them like Dick anymore!

  23. Cecily Nicolai says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the Ueck family….
    Take strength in knowing you are loved during this time of sadness.

  24. Tom & Treasa Paquin says:

    Jeanne, We are really saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a great friend and boss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. You have our sincere sympathies.

  25. Rick Mahoney says:

    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing Richard and family.

    So many fond memories of my time with Dick at Gun River S & T. He was a natural leader and contributed immensely to GRST. Loved and respected by all who had the fortune to know him. Well done friend, save a spot for me on the shooting line.

  26. Nancy says:

    Jeanne , Love and prayers to you and your family from your 1955

  27. Pat,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Our sympathy to you and your family.
    John and Debbie (Farris) Coombs

  28. Michael Chase says:

    I’m sorry to read about the passing of your father.

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