Richard LaVern Getter

June 10, 1940November 19, 2018

Richard LaVern Getter, 78, of DeWitt passed away in Lansing, Monday morning, November 19, 2018, surrounded by his family. Richard was born in Eaton Rapids on June 10, 1940. Richard married Joyce Rehkopf, the love of his life, in 1969. He worked hard his whole life, retiring in 2001. Richard spent many summers fishing at Horsehead Lake and November hunting in the U. P. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus through the Catholic Community of St. Jude.

Richard joins his parents, Merle and Lena, and his brother Stan, as well as many beloved friends and relatives in heaven. Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sister, Shirlee (Andy) Gambino; and his four children, Troy (Bonnie), Tamra, Richard (Kristin), Scott (Misty) along with their families which include ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Services for Richard will be held at 11:00 am on November 24, 2018 at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, with a one hour visitation before the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, PO Box 13067, Alexandria, VA 22312, and COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Getter family.


  • Kyle Getter
  • Aaron Getter-Denis
  • Josh Getter
  • Joe Getter
  • Paityn Getter
  • Steven Vannette
  • Josh Denis

  • American Diabetes Association
  • COPD Foundation


  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Gail Plews

November 22, 2018

From the extended Hanson Family
We all have lovely memories of Dick (cousin / nephew) and Joyce and especially from our trip to Voyager National Park together. A week together on a house boat and no way to get off except an occasional fishing trip in a rowing boat with small outboard or in a canoe.
What a wonderful time with wonderful people. Dick really enjoyed catching dinner.
And he sure enjoyed filleting the days catch and making beer battered fish.
We enjoyed the eating and the great company.
We will miss Dick.
Our sincere condolences to the entire Getter family.

Jim and Marge McGovney

November 22, 2018

Joyce, oh so sad to hear of Dick's death. Prayers for you and your family. Enjoy the memories.
Jim and Marge McGovney

Bill and Jane Hummel

November 22, 2018

Am so very sorry, Joyce, for your lose.

Bill and I met and shared time with Dick and Joyce when we spent several winters at Paridisdn RV Resort in AZ. We all needed to have a break from the Michigan winters.

Dick was a good man and we sincerely enjoyed his company..

May you Rest In Peace, Dick.
Many Blessings to all the family. 🙏

Larry Gould

November 21, 2018

I worked with Dick for many years in St.Johns . He always made the day Interesting with his character. He was always looking out for all of us and wasn't shy on letting management know . We had trouble with wire quite often and when we were asked about overtime? This is what I heard . "When the wire is can count on Getter." Prayers for his family at this time.

Tiffany Rehkopf

November 21, 2018

After having Jordyn , Uncle Dick came to visit . As he was holding her, he said how cute she was and that he was going to take her home. He sure loved little kids.
Another memory I have is while at deer camp, Dick talked me into taking his camp clothes home to wash them. So I did and then returned then the next weekend only to have him leave for home the next day. He sure was a trickster.