At age 75, Richard was called home by his Savior on April 22, 2014. He was born April 20, 1939, and raised in Albion, MI by the late Laban and Ethel Esch. He was currently of Lansing, MI.

Richard worked for MDOT as a highway planner for 30 years. He was a longtime member of South Church and he enjoyed working in his yard and on his cars.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn; children, Debbie (Dan) Eckel, Dan (Phyllis) Esch, and Dave Esch; grandchildren, Alyssa and Nicholas Eckel and Taylor Esch; sister, Connie (David) Pilz; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Church Building Fund or Corporate Chaplains of America.

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4 Messages to “Richard E. Esch”

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    Sue McAuliffe Pence Says:

    So sorry to hear about Dick’s death Carolyn. I have fond memories of him as a neighbor growing up and remember our long chat at the 50 class reunion. My prayers are with you and your family.

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    Ruth Linskey Says:


    Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Terry and I will be praying for you and your family!

    Love you!


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    Dana Potter Says:

    My two best friends in the world for over 20 yrs. are going through such a sadness because of the loss of Richard and the sadness they feel for Carolynn. And my friend’s daughter, who is 16 yrs. old is going through the grief as well because one of her best friends is Taylor, the Grand daughter of Richard! So, I just want to say that sometimes, people you don’t even know are and have been praying for your family, and the families who are feeling such pain, for the loss of a loved one, or even if you are just friends and you can see the pain in your friends! ? I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, Dana Potter. (My friend’s names are John, Sharon and Sarah Henley ?) (I also knew that John became a real companion to Richard in the last few months and really enjoyed his company! I believe that was such a “Win-Win” situation for them both!) ?

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    Betty McCrumb Says:

    I always enjoyed seeing Dick’s smiling face when he would come into the office to see Carolyn. He had a great sense of humor and was just a wonderful person. He will be missed by the people whose lives he touched.

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