Richard Kent Stiner

September 11, 1940May 17, 2020

Richard (Dick) Kent Stiner, 79, of Kingsley, MI, passed away on May 17, 2020 at home surrounded by family. Dick was born September 11, 1940 to Kent Parrish and Esther (Haltiner) Stiner in Detroit Michigan. He attended Northrup Institute in California. There he received his degree in aviation and went to work at Zantop in Detroit, and United in Chicago.

Dick moved to Kingsley in 1975 to open Cherry Capital Aviation in Traverse City, which he ran for many years. He took a lot of pride in being a very experienced pilot and aviation technician. On October 28, 1997 he married Jessica (Snyder) Raschi in Traverse City, Michigan. They were married 22 years and did lots of traveling and had many adventures

In December of 2010 he was awarded the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award’ and the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic Award”. He was also a member of the Wally Byam Airstream Club, Kingsley volunteer fire fighter and ambulance for many years, member of the Traverse City Ham Radio Club (W8ILB), and a lifetime member of the Traverse City Elks Club Lodge #323.

His favorite place to spend time was up at his cabin in the U.P. It was his peaceful place where he loved sitting on the porch swing with his dog Katie looking over the water and watching the boats.

Dick is survived by his wife Jessica of Kingsley, his sons Kent (Linda) Stiner, Shawn (Erika) Stiner, Kelly (Kim) Stiner, Erick (Sandy) Stiner. Stepchildren Charlie (Erin) Raschi, Chad (Amy) Raschi, Craig (Erin) Raschi, and Courtney (Brandon) Hartley. He is survived by 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a sister, Dona Fredrick.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Jessie (Holmes) Stiner, and brother-in-law Paul Fredrick.

Visitation for the family will be held at the Covell funeral home in Kingsley, Michigan, Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 12pm until 1pm, and from 1pm until 2pm for the general public. Burial will take place immediately following at Evergreen Cemetery, with a graveside service officiated by Pastor Colleen Wierman of the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

In light of the current health situation, a rotation of only 10 people at a time will be admitted into the funeral home for the safety of our guests and family and all patrons are required to wear a mask at the funeral home and cemetery with social distancing measures in place at both locations. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Kingsley United Methodist Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Faith Briggs

May 21, 2020

Dear Stiner Family, a beautiful friendship that started over some fifty years ago. And has truly lasted a lifetime. I cherish all the memories from years gone by. Your mom and I chose each other and are family’s to be a part of one another lives. Good times like your mom and I making angels in the snow one New Years eve to your dad teasing me about a nickel that he has cemented in the walkway up on the island. Both your dad and Uncle Dick being ham operators. Myself and Uncle Dick always looked forward to our times together as one big family. Your mom and I were like sisters. We loved all our adventure together. Your parents and uncle dick and I had wonderful times together and our kids together was an extra bonus. Love you all and will always be there for you all. Your parents will always hold a special spot in my heart as well as you boys and your families.
Love you all Aunti Fay