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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI

OBITUARY

Richard Ervin Utkan

April 11, 1947September 21, 2019
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Richard Ervin Utkan, age 72, of Milford, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Jean (Tollefson) Utkan, father of Dennis, Kristina, and Gail Utkan, siblings Warren and Janice Utkan, and grand-dog Baxter. Richard was born April 11, 1947, in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Ervin and Erna (Schulz) Utkan. He and Carol Tollefson were married on August 4, 1973, in Vassar, Michigan. From 1966-1970, Richard proudly served his country in the United States Airforce as a crew chief on the F-111. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he began his career as an assemblyman for Ford Motor Company. He worked at Ford for many years, until his retirement in 2007. Throughout his life, Richard enjoyed camping, hiking, cooking, and being outdoors. Richard greatly enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, and was a member and vice president of the Electric Flyers Organization. He was also a devoted member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in South Lyon for many years. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 330 East Liberty Street, South Lyon, Michigan, 48178. Pastor Matthew Minzlaff will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, Michigan, 48386. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to a charity of their choice.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • In State Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Edgar Herman

September 24, 2019

Dearest Carol, Gail, Richard and Kristina: We are very, very sad to hear of Richard's sudden death. On Sunday morning the entire congregation was so shocked when we heard the announcement. We send our sincere sympathy to you all, praying our Heavenly Father will hold you in His comforting arms during these difficult days and forever after. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
We enjoyed the photos showing what a loving family he had as a child as well as his nearly 50 years of marriage to Carol along with his devoted children. You set such a wonderful example of a loving marriage and a home filled with love. Pastor Edgar and Doris Herman

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Biography

Richard Ervin Utkan, age 72, of Milford, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019, at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Jean (Tollefson) Utkan, father of Dennis, Kristina, and Gail Utkan, siblings Warren and Janice Utkan, and grand-dog Baxter.
Richard was born April 11, 1947, in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Ervin and Erna (Schulz) Utkan. He and Carol Tollefson were married on August 4, 1973, in Vassar, Michigan. From 1966-1970, Richard proudly served his country in the United States Airforce as a crew chief on the F-111. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he began his career as an assemblyman for Ford Motor Company. He worked at Ford for many years, until his retirement in 2007.
Throughout his life, Richard enjoyed camping, hiking, cooking, and being outdoors. Richard greatly enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, and was a member and vice president of the Electric Flyers Organization. He was also a devoted member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in South Lyon for many years.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 330 East Liberty Street, South Lyon, Michigan, 48178. Pastor Matthew Minzlaff will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, Michigan, 48386. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to a charity of their choice.