Richard J. Pride

Age 72, of Lansing, went to be with his Lord on January 24, 2012. He was born September 26, 1939, in Lansing, MI, to James Blackburn Pride and Dorothy Blythe Pride.

Richard was a resident of Delta Township and their home he built on Maston Lake in Kent County. He was a 45-year member of Ironworkers Local 25 and retired General Field Superintendent for Douglas Steel Fabrication working 33 years in the erection of schools, hospitals, and office buildings in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Lansing areas, and numerous buildings on the MSU campus. He was also previously employed by Raff & Dexter Construction, building bridges in Michigan and Indiana.

He was a member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on committees and as an usher.

Richard is survived by his spouse, Carol, and three sons and families: Timothy and Pam, Todd and Mary, and Monte and Wendy Pride. Grandchildren: Nicollette, Dillon, Benjamin, Trevor, Aaron, Lucas, and Zoe. Brother, Ron and Mary Pride and sister, Joan and Leslie White. Mother-in-law Rena Edwards, sisters-in-law Pat and Steve Linderman and Peggy and Brian Parker, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 549 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, with the Rev. James R. Lichtenberger and the Rev. Matthew A. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, and from 10-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.

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Mike n Luann Schaar
January 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

We are very sorry for the passing of Dick, and my Dad misses him very much. I will bring my Dad to the viewing on Friday.

Nicholas and Laura Liles
January 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Carol and family, words obviously can’t express the deep sympathy and sorrow we share for you. Dick was a great man, with a one of a kind sense of humor. I will never forget the NUMEROUS walks up the hill at the lake with Grandpa just to shoot the breeze with the “old guys” knowing I wanted to emulate the 2 of them when I grew up. Family was clearly #1 to him and it was a pleasure to say the least to have known him. God bless you all during this trying time and may you find comfort in the Lord during your grieving process.

Bob Millis
January 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Dick was a good ironworker, a lot of fun to be around and work with. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Marjorie Moore
January 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

Carol & Family,

May knowing that others share in your loss bring you comfort. Dick was a wonderful man and he touched many lives.

Suzanne Moore
January 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

Carol & Family:

I am so sorry for your loss, Dick was an increadible man, he was a devoted Husband to you Carol & a loving Father. He touched so many lives and he will truly be missed.

Janell Liles
January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

My deepest sympathies to you and your family on Dick’s passing. He showed such strength with the battles he fought. He was a wonderful man and we will certainly miss him. I’m sure he has now found peace. God bless you all.

Michael Piper
January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I worked with Dick over the years and always found him to be an honest and honorable man. He had a good sense of humor and was a very good iron worker.

My condolences to his family and friends as I know he will be missed.

Cynthia a utic wickenhiser
May 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I knew Richard in my childhood as dad James worked at mike’s shop rite. Mother Dorothy would often visit with my mom Edith wickenhiser ; so Richard and I would play. James pride was much like a father to me as he worked most of his life at mike’s. Richard was a fun playmate for a Tom boy like me. I last saw Richard at my dad’s then my mom’s funeral. He was so kind to come after so many years after his dad James died. We talked and talked about our childhood. Dorothy and my mom Edith would often catch up when they would see one another on my mom’s summer trips to Florida when my sister ; a teacher was off for the summer. Dorothy would make jelly and jam and share it with my mom and sister carol. My husband of 38 years worked at mike’s in the dairy department under James direction. I have a great picture of James at the old mike’s in downtown lansing. According to my dad James was just out of high school. I’m so sorry for your loss; I remember Richard very fondly. Cynthia a utic wickenhiser Grand Rapids michigan


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