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Resurrection Funeral Home

40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Richard A. Kloeckner

December 9, 1920February 10, 2020

Richard A. Kloeckner, age 99, of Mount Clemens, Michigan passed away on February 10, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the late Ursula; Dear father of Michael, Gabriala Beattie (Bruce), Peter, and Julie Duke (Andy); Cherished grandfather of Richard (Lindsey), Michelle O’Connor (James), Jason Marialke, Matthew Marialke, Crystal Westfall, Elizabeth Ezell, Kyle Beattie and Chad Beattie; Great-grandfather of Chloe, Elijah, Abbey, and Noah O’Connor, Grace and Natalie Kloeckner, Kaydee, Ben, Ethan, Jacob, Hannah, and Lillian Marialke, and Audrey and Wyatt Ezell.

Richard was born in Vallendar, Germany on December 9, 1920. He grew up in Germany and lived his early adult life there, meeting his wife, Ursula, and together they started their family. In October of 1954, they made the decision to immigrate to the United States so that Richard could pursue work as a plant grower in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He loved plants, which was his life’s work. Richard also was a great storyteller, which will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 11 AM until the time of the funeral service at 1 PM at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Rd, Clinton Township, MI. Interment will take place at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.resurrectionfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Memories

Richard A. Kloeckner

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Richard Kloeckner

February 18, 2020

Lindsey and I will miss Grandpa Kloeckner. One of our favorite moments with him took place in his apartment shortly before we were engaged. We drove down from Grand Rapids to visit him. This was the first time he had met Lindsey. As we were leaving, he grabbed my arm firmly and said into my ear "do not let her go". He knew I had somehow found someone way out of my league. We will also miss how he would quietly observe a room of people. He would then share his observations with certain people and with no filter. He will be greatly missed. We love you Grandpa.

Volker Rademacher

February 17, 2020

Volker’s Memory of Richard. Volker is our cousin, He lives in Nehren Germany
My mother is a sister of Ursula, Richards former wife. 1993 we visited Richard and his family in Mount Clemens. The last years we kept in contact by phone. He was interested in all events in Germany and my family and – last not least – in German music. Talking with him was a real pleasure.

Lieber Onkel Richard, dies sind meine letzten Grüße für Dich. Ich hoffe, sie erreichen Dich, wo immer Du auch bist. Gerne denke ich zurück an die vielen Gespräche am Telefon, voller Interesse, Lebenserfahrung und Humor. Schön wäre es, wenn Dich auch die Musik auf Deinem weiteren Weg begleitet. Und bitte, hab‘ auch weiter ein Auge auf Deine Kinder, Enkelkinder und Urenkel.
Dein Volker Rademacher und Familie

Michelle OConnor

February 17, 2020

These past couple of years I have had the honor of really getting to know grandpa. Spending time with him and listening to his stories was one of my favorite things to do. But my favorite memory is, November 9, 2012. James the kids and I headed out to visit grandpa. We were so excited to celebrate his birthday with him. We brought a chocolate cake and candles. We sang happy birthday and celebrated. It was a great time. Grandpa was laughing A LOT and I thought just really enjoying himself. I felt good about our time together. Come to find out his birthday is DECEMBER 9!!!!! He never said anything. He just giggled and laughed to himself humoring his granddaughter. I miss you already so much. Love you Opa.

Peter Kloeckner

February 16, 2020

I have deep sadness for the passing of My Father Richard I used to work with my father at the greenhouses and he was an inspiration to everyone he was around his dog blackjack was the luckiest dog in the whole world he used to like going to the beach walking at the mall so you going up north to his Cottage and the library in Clinton Township the German American Club Carpathia and was well-known there he will be very missed by all

Cindy Young

February 14, 2020

I arrived separately from Michael & Richard to a grandchild’s birthday party a couple years ago. Richard was already settled into his spot on the far side of the room. I paused to say hello to others when I saw the ‘Komm bitte her’ hand motion from Richard, which he often used with me. Of course I immediately complied. He patted the empty chair next to him and said, ‘Come sit, let me look at you’. I laughed and did my best flirtatious hair-toss-over-the-shoulder and said, ‘Oh Richard, you have the best lines’. To which he chuckled and replied, ‘Yea and I have a lot more of them’.
I teased Michael that he’d better stay on his toes.
I smile every time I think of this memory.

Michael Kloeckner

February 14, 2020

My Heart is very sad because we were a team and we had 67 years together. I'm wondering how I can just write one memory. I see the limit is 2000 words. Ok well here it goes. When I was 11 years old, we lived on the green house property where dad worked. Keep in mind the green house was very big. About 10 acres under glass and plastic and individual houses for different plants like roses, carnations and poinsettia. Anyway, one Sunday after church I was feeling full of energy so I walked into the green house to see were my dog Pepe was and after about 30 minutes of looking for me my dad yelled: You still have your Sunday shoes on! WHAT THE HELL MATTER WITH YOU? It’s very funny to me now. I hope it makes you laugh? Life growing up with him was a trip. I’m still not sure if he ever grew up, because he was a kid at heart. PS: My Brother Peter toke this photo of the green house below from a small airplane. Our home was next to the large pine tree.

Julie-and Andy Duke

February 13, 2020

MY dad, my family is who I am today. When I called dad in 2010 and told him I was getting married. he was so happy. One of the things we laughed a lot about was after I got married to a wonderful man, my dad and I talked quite often but I would have to put My husband on the phone because dad couldn't understand my [ southern accent ] but he could understand Andy. My brother Mike made everything possible for our family and looking after dad, I know dad is with mom now and Im so happy for them.

Michaelene Grauf

February 12, 2020

I worked at The Villages of Clinton Pointe for several years where Richard lived. I greatly enjoyed Richard because I got to speak some of my German to him every time he would pass by and he always humored me. He was always a pleasant, respectable, smart gentleman with a great sense of humor. The last thing I said to Richard was ‘Auf Wiedersehen!’ Indeed, I hope to see you again my friend.

Krystal Westfall

February 12, 2020

I will never forget when my grandpa and my grandma use to take me and my sister to the beach in Florida!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY