Richard Martin Mieczkowski
June 30, 1948 – July 10, 2020
Richard Martin Mieczkowski, age 72, of White Lake, Michigan, died Friday, July 10, 2020, at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Janet Mieczkowski (Case) his three children: Christopher (Tricia) Mieczkowski, Keith Mieczkowski, and Alison Smith; his two grandchildren: Alex and Stella; and his sister, Bernadette Raney and many cousins, friends, colleagues. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Genevieve (Bigos) Mieczkowski.
Richard was born June 30, 1948, in Detroit. He graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit class of 1965. In 1971, Richard and Janet married and he received his DVM degree from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Among his school accomplishments, were Honors for Small Animal and Large Animal Case Presentations and selection to the Ingham County Hospital Cardiac Surgical Team. From 1978 until 1998 Richard owned and operated Conway Animal Hospital in Southgate, and then practiced as a relief veterinarian from 1998 until his retirement in 2019.
To his clients, he was understanding, compassionate, and kind. If someone didn't understand his medical explanation, he'd find ways until they did, even if he had to draw pictures with a crayon. To his patients, he was respectful, gentle, and intuitive. He would think nothing of getting on the floor to relate to a big dog or holding a cat in his lap just to make friends. To his colleagues, his opinion was always held in high regard. It could often be heard in practices where he would do relief work...”What did Dr. Mitch think?”. The way he practiced was an extension of the way he lived, with love, respect, and kindness.
Richard enjoyed relaxing with family whether on the pontoon, at a campground, or his annual Florida vacation with Janet in February. Always proud of his Polish heritage, he loved to “dress to the nines” and polka at weddings or festivals, smiling as he dripped with sweat. Rich was absolutely selfless, truly one of the most altruistic individuals you'll ever meet. He always had the most benevolent smile and caring eyes. His strength, perseverance, commitment, and “do-whatever-it-takes” drive to succeed has been a model for his three children to live by throughout their lives. He will be missed by all who he touched in his professional and personal life.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been implemented that limit the number of people permitted in public buildings. With the health and safety of their family and friends in mind, Richard’s family has decided to hold a celebration of life service at a later date. Those desiring may consider sharing memories and condolences with the family on the funeral home’s website at www.eltonblackandson.com. Please use this website to also learn of the memorial service future date.
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Richard Martin Mieczkowski
August 3, 2020
I was so heartbroken to hear the news of his passing! Doctor Mitch worked with us at our Breckenridge
and Meadowbrook veterinary clinics as a relief doctor on and off the past few years. I really enjoyed not only working with him, but seeing him come in with his newspaper and coffee. He was such a sweet and gentle person. We are truly devastated for his passing. We help your family finds peace at this time. I'm attaching a photo of him looking through X-ray film during the solar eclipse with one of our staff members.
August 1, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mitch’s passing.
Mitch and I were young Michigan State veterinary students when we first met. We both had veterinary practices in the metropolitan Detroit area and had occasional professional contact. Recently we got to know each other better when we both worked at Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic. I will miss him.
July 23, 2020
If you knew him you loved him.
He was inherently good...so good. He was brave.
He was so much more than a Father-in-law. He was the Father I never had. He was the family patriarch. He was strong. He was brilliant.
Rich was truly the most altruistic person. He welcomed me into the family with open arms and a loving heart. He loved his children, but I know he also genuinely loved me like his daughter. The speech he gave the night of our wedding rehearsal will forever resonate with me. He sent a wooden plaque to me the morning of our wedding day. It read "I hope you dance."
He always greeted you with a hug and kiss. He offered a toast at every meal. It pains me to know he'll never offer me another glass of wine.
He was a doting grandfather and our only child's namesake. The world was a better place with him in it, but God had other plans. We are broken. 💔
Rich, you'll never be forgotten . What a legacy you've left behind. Our memories with you will forever be cherished. Until we meet agan...
July 20, 2020
I worked with Dr. Mitch when he was a relief dr. in MI. He was always patient and would frequently quiz me which Musician was on the radio. He would share stories about his Airedale and the foil bedspread for the cat. He would tell me stories of his daughter and son that he would visit on CE trips. I had a lot of laughs working with him. I learned so much from him. I’m so sorry for your loss. May your memories keep him close. -Beth.
July 20, 2020
I am so sad to hear about Richard. I remember the fun you
told me about going to all the Poka dances. I know you loved those Michigan State football games and having your lake home. God bless you and your family. Janice Zigray
Nancy Prena, DVM
July 19, 2020
I’m very sad to hear about Dr. Mieczkowski’s passing. I worked for and with him for several years when he owned Conway Animal Hospital. He always treated me well and we got along great. We had many laughs. His love for his wife, Janet, and for his children was always obvious; he talked about them all the time. He enjoyed his clients and patients. He was a respected member of our profession. When I worked for him I was pretty new to the profession but he believed in me and was very supportive and encouraging. He was a good veterinarian and a kind, respectful, considerate, fair and nice boss. My heart goes out to his family at this sad time. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will never forget all the good times I had working with Dr. Mitch. Rest In Peace, Doc.
Sincerely, Dr. Nancy Prena
July 18, 2020
So many memories and emotions crowding in since I learned of Rich's sudden death. Rich was born when I was 11 months old. We knew each other longer than our spouses, our children and most of our friends. Always knew that I could depend on him for a smile, a laugh, a joke, a hug and to be there when I needed him. Rich was all about family, immediate and extended. He was fiercely loyal, kind and deeply loving.
I am so glad that Duane and I had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful train vacation with Rich and Janet in the recent past. We talked about taking more train trips in the future. For the last few years, the four of us reconnected at regular lunches, sharing and laughing and leaving us all wanting more of the same.
Rich was deeply proud of our Polish heritage and loved to polka, just like his Dad and his Ciocia Lodzia , my Mom, who could still run rings around us young ones, even well into their 60's.
I am hurting now, but I know that every time I hear polka music, or dance the polka, I will see Rich's smiling face, and feel his warm hugs and I will smile and know that he will always be with me.
Till we meet again, Cuz, at the Big Polish Festival in Heaven.
July 17, 2020
I received a gift from God in that I and my daughter Kim were able to visit with Richard and family at his home on July 7th. I am so grateful that I saw him before his untimely passing. We shared good times growing up. We walked to the movie theaters on Woodward Ave. We bicycled at Belle Isle. And,explored GreekTown. We celebrated holidays and birthdays, weddings, and holidays with family, aunts,uncles, and cousins, Those were such good times..
It hurts to see his obituary—He was full of love and energy . A good and kind man.. He has always been and will continue to be in my thoughts
Linda Case LeCureux
July 17, 2020
Rich was one of the kindest and friendliness men I have ever met. He always greeted me with a hug and kiss when he saw me at family events. He loved to polka and he and Janet would travel from one end of the dance floor to the other. Janet and family, I send my love and prayers to each of you. Love you!
Irena Stidham (Gutowski)
July 16, 2020
Rich was the best, person, friend but most of all cousin. Jim and l are saddened by his passing. I will cherish the memories when my brother and l stayed with Rich and Janet when we're kids. They made us feel like we were there kids. He had a great sense of humor. He made sure he would dance with you at a family functions.
He was the most loving man there was. Rich and Janet were beautiful couple it's like match made in heaven. They always did things together and with their kids. On the dance floor they were awesome to watch while they were dancing 💃
I will miss him, may you Rest In Peace Rich.
All my love 😍 too Janet, Chris, Keith and Allison may God keep you strong and safe and heal your broken heart 💔
July 15, 2020
What can one say about Rich other than what a great guy!!! He was a member of our extended family but it always felt like we were immediate family every time we got together. He always shared a hug and/or kiss with everybody on arrival. Whether a family event, a polka festival, or a visit to their place we all were grateful to be with Rich and Janet and enjoyed their company. Debbie and I extend our deepest sympathies to you all. Hope to be able to be together soon to celebrate Rich's life. Gale