Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

3295 East Highland Road, Highland, MI


Melody "Karen" Rickel

April 10, 1951March 20, 2020

Melody "Karen" Rickel, age 68, of Howell, passed away March 20, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Samuel E. Rickel. Loving mother of Marc (Katrina Hiler) Rickel. Proud grandmother of Amanda, Brandon and Cameron. Treasured great-grandmother of Ian Johnson. Dear sister of David (Cathy) Keyes. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Joseph and Anne Keyes; and her brother, Joseph Keys.

PRIVATE - Funeral Visitation will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 10:00am until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00am at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Holly.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

  • Burial

    Thursday, March 26, 2020


Melody "Karen" Rickel

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Jennifer Gollnick

March 24, 2020

My heart and prays are with u guys i love u guys and i am sorry about your loss i wish i could be there

Roger Rickel

March 24, 2020

You will be truly missed. You were a dedicated and caring wife for my brother Ed. Loving and caring angel for your grandchildren and great mother for Marc.

Katrina Hiler

March 24, 2020

Mom,I know you are with dad now and that you are in a good place.and am happy for you both.i will how ever miss you dearly.i love you so very much.you understood me.you made me feel better about myself in so many ways,along with teaching me stuff that I didn't know.i am grateful to you.we had our talks and that's what I will miss the most.i thought I had to say good bye like with dad,but no,it's more like I'll see you both when it's time.love you.

Amanda Rickel

March 23, 2020

I will miss you soooooo much grandma. I can't believe your gone but I know u will be watching over me and ian with grandpa!!! See u when I get up there love you muahhh😘😥♥️🙏