Richard Charles Muhal

May 3, 1933January 6, 2021

Richard Muhal, age 87 formerly of Brighton, MI passed away peacefully after complications from surgery in Cary, NC on January 6, 2021.

The beloved father and grandfather, was born in Footedale, PA to parents Charles and Susan Muhal. He was raised in West Bloomfield, MI with his brother Robert. He met his beloved wife Jean Marie through the ski club in 1960 and was married six months later. They were married for 37 years until Jean preceded him in death in 1998. Richard worked at Ford Motor Company for 34 years, first in tool and die and then as a cost estimator. While working, he attended night school at University of Detroit, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in 1965.

Richard loved to putter around the yard picking up sticks, chopping and gathering wood for his gigantic fires in the fireplace, which required his kids to wear shorts in the winter at his house. He loved to read the newspaper and books and was a novice-drawing artist. He was writing his memoirs during the last few years of his life. He loved his family and friends, reminiscing about good times during every conversation. His idea of a family trip was to pack his six children in a car and drive across Canada for 3 weeks. You can imagine the challenges of such adventures. He was also an avid stamp collector in his earlier years.

He is survived by his brother Robert (Maggi); his six children Brian Joseph (Alex), Colleen Vitolo (Mike), Maureen Gardiner, Maria Louise, Jeanette Marie and Suzette Nelson (Harold); six grandchildren Derek, Lukas, Haleigh, Hannah, Kyle and Sydney; and two great grandchildren Aubrey and Autumn (Nikki).

Due to the Covid pandemic, Richard will be cremated and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made online to Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC or to the Prevent Cancer Foundation in Alexandria, VA.


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Robert Pesta

January 19, 2021

I first net Richard when I went to work for Ford Motor Company. We became friends immediately. Richard and I became even closer when we were assigned to work at the Ford Design Center for several years. We even drove to work together for those years. Richard is going to be missed by all of his friends and family. He always put his family first. He was a true gentleman. May God bless you Richard and keep you under his guidance in Heaven. Bob Pesta

Joseph Saro

January 17, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing! I first met Richard in 1956 as a Tool & Die apprentice at Ford Motor Company. This was the start of a great friendship. I was so lucky to have been around to enjoy major highlights in Richard's life; graduating as journeymen die makers, waterskiing on Cass Lake, joining Ford's snow ski club, and participating in Richard's whirlwind romance with Jean. They met at a water ski weekend with the Ford ski club members in East Tawas in the summer of 1959. Richard's original plan was a ski vacation with his bachelor buddies in Europe which soon changed after he met Jean. Richard's previously planned ski vacation suddenly became a European honeymoon for him and Jean. We all saw each other while in Munich, Germany for a couple days. Then we caught up with each other again in Paris, France for a couple of days before our return to Michigan. After that it was my marriage to Mary in 1962, having kids, baptisms and raising children, visits to Brighton, MI and a week long vacation together on Long Lake, in Traverse City. Later, years after Mary's passing, a few lunches with Ford guys and after Jean's passing, a few dinners in Novi. We always sent Christmas cards and made periodic phone calls.Even after Richard's relocation to NC we continued to keep in touch. I have loads of fond memories. Thank you Richard!
Joe Saro

Patrick Healy

January 12, 2021

Uncle Dick,
You married my favorite aunt, so that alone made you special! Loved your sense of humor, and all the great family gatherings at the home on Hacker Rd. You will always be missed, God bless, and Rest In Peace!!