Richard Raymond Kelps Jr., aged 58, passed away peacefully at his home early Friday, May 14th, 2021 surrounded by loved ones and his beloved dog. Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 7, 1963, Rich was raised in Canton, Michigan and most recently resided in Greenville, Michigan. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
Rich was a devoted father to his two daughters, a loving son to his parents, a doting grandfather to his grandson, a protective big brother to his two sisters, and a loyal friend to so many. Rich’s smile and laughter lit up every room he entered, and his quick wit, infectious humor, and unmatched jokes were and always will be legendary.
As a boy, Rich spent summers in Oklahoma on a family ranch enjoying the great outdoors and working alongside his Grandpa Alvin (Jake) Hawpe. By his grandfather’s side, Rich learned skills that led him to grow into a man who was the epitome of the American Dream. At the young age of 32, Rich became a self-made businessman when he started Wolverine Crane & Service, Inc., a thriving business he grew from the ground up. Rich had a strong work ethic and a fierce drive, but he also loved to have fun and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating. During the summer months, he could be found on Torch Lake soaking up the Michigan summer sun. During the winter months, he would escape the Michigan cold and travel to his paradise in Cape Coral, FL.
Rich is survived by his partner, Lori Teman; his daughters, Nicole Kelps and Rachel (Jake) Riemenschneider; their mother and his former wife, Shelly Kelps; his grandson, Adrian Posthumus; his sisters, Carol (Gary) Glomski and Laura Stumbaugh; his parents, Richard and Geneva Kelps; his nephew, Mitchell Miller; his nieces, Megan Miller, Katelyn (Joseph) Valentine, Emily Stumbaugh; his cousins, Donald (Tammy) Stover; his uncle, Delbert (Jeanie) Hawpe; and his faithful dog of fourteen years, Stoli.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, May 20 at St. Charles Catholic Church, 505 S. Lafayette Street, Greenville, MI. Rich’s family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Due to construction on M57, people coming from Grand Rapids should take 131 to the West River Drive exit. Go east on West River Drive. Turn north onto Northland Drive. Turn east onto M44/Belding Road. Turn north onto M91/Storey Road go toward Greenville.
I have know Richard since middle school. We went on to date for several years in high school. We had a wonderful relationship and I recently spoke with him. We had left things unsaid and engaged in some wonderful conversation my heart is truly broken prayers to the family and heaven gained an angel
- Sue Suddendorf
We are sending heartfelt condolences to Richie‘s family… We love all of you and feel so blessed to have had Richie for a friend!!! Barbie and Jay
- Matthew Barbie
Richard our cousin our friend and as he would always Donald little brother. Such a love for life and energy. He will be so truly missed he was taken from us too soon. Love you Richard my prayers to all Lori, Nicole, Rachel, Rich, Geneva, Carol and Laura all if his necessary and nephews and his Grandson whom he dearly loved. Donald and I will miss him.
- Tammy Stover
Laura, I am So sorry for your loss , you and your family will be in my prayers
- Steven Queen
My prayers go out to the family and all those at Wolverine Crane
- Craig Derks - Star Crane & Hoist
Though I have never met Mr Kelps, I have been keeping him and his loved ones in my prayers and for My dear cousin Lori whos Life Partner has been called home. I too will keep you always in my prayers for I know the depth
of our hearts when we find that Special Loved one.
May you know that
God calls us home in his timing and though we aren’t ever ready to have them leave us I pray that God will fill your heart with His Love to help heal the pain.
I Pray that ea and everyone who has been touched by Mr, Kelps
will hold on to memories
; for God gives us memories to help us make it
thru ea day
May those memories help wipe away the tears as you all heal.
May you truly believe and call out to God for he is our true source of strength and comfort
especially during times like this.
So sorry for your Loss
Love and Prayers
- Linda Evans
Shelly,Nicole & Rachel, so Sorry for your loss, loved Rich and who didn’t. Will truly miss him, love and prayers merry
- Merry Walker