OBITUARY

Richard Everett Bellah

September 22, 1955February 12, 2021
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Richard E. Bellah, age 65 of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, passed away due to respiratory failure on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

He was born September 22, 1955 in Traverse City, Michigan to Charles E. and Mermian C. (Samons) Bellah, Sr. Rick worked for the State of Michigan for 30 years, retiring in 2002.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife Susan of 42 years, his mother Mermian Bellah,their children Jason (Kim) Donaldson, Mason; Jennifer (Lucas Martinez) Donaldson, East Lansing; Gregory Bellah, and Ricky Bellah, Eaton Rapids. Eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter on the way. One Sister, Margaret (Paul) Duff, Maynard, Arkansas. One brother, Charles (Melinda) Bellah Jr., Farwell, Michigan and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Bellah, Sr. and a sister LaVonne Bellah.

Rick was quite a character, known for his quick wit. He spent many happy summers as a teenager with his Grandpa Samons in Arkansas, fishing and working on the family farm. He remembered these times spent with his grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncles and cousins fondly and spoke of them often. As a young man he liked to play softball. His team (Abies) played in city leagues and in tournaments, where we made lifelong friends and many happy memories. He also enjoyed playing golf and bowling. At family gatherings, Rick was always the one who wanted to play some sort of game, usually winning because of his competitive nature. His grandchildren were probably the greatest joy of his life. He loved teasing them, playing with them and looked forward to each and every visit.

He will be dearly missed by all who remember him.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Ashley Martinez

February 17, 2021

Grandpa, I most certainly miss you so much! My life has changed now that God has called you home. You taught me many things in life from a child to the adult I've grown to be now. From the time I can remember you were always the best grandpa to me, we use to play so many board games and card games together. I definitely got my competitive side from you grandpa. I remember playing The Game of Life with you sitting on your lap at the computer, it made me feel so grown up when I got to do that! I remember the horsey rides you use to give me way back in the day. We'd just have so much fun together and laughed like no other when you played all your silly jokes on me. Watching you and everyone grow over the years had its ups and downs but you always stayed positive and never let the bad things show. We will all be missing you grandpa and cherishing all the wonderful memories you shared with us. I love you - Ashley the brat!

Onita Gagne

February 16, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing! I only had the opportunity to talk with him a few times but he was always a very considerate and pleasant man to be around! Sending my condolences to the family and may you find the love of the Lord during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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