Life Story / Obituary
Richard (Dick) E. Mackey was born on June 17, 1928 and raised in Tecumseh and Plainwell, Michigan by parents Glen and Viola Mackey. Dick grew up on a farm during the depression with siblings Micky (Edith), Glen and Myrt (Myrtle) riding horses, playing pranks and becoming a strong, independent man.
In 1946, during WWII, Dick followed his brother into the US Navy. He served on the USS Maury and on the USS Kearsarg in Attack Squadron Three where he earned the World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button and Aircrew Wings. He was discharged in June 1949.
Dick returned to Plainwell and began working at Allen Electric in Kalamazoo. He remained at Allen until his retirement in 1990. While at Allen he met Johanna Garnaat who thought he was rather cocky, but he won her love and they were married in 1950.
Dick and Johanna were happily married for 61 years and raised six children: Dale, Steve (Regina), Richard (Claire), David, Viola (Steve) Stiverson and Glen (Chris) Mackey. Dick and Johanna experienced the challenges of life and developed a deep and abiding love.
Dick passed away on July 16th following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Johanna, eldest son Dale and his three siblings. He is survived by his four sons, his daughter and their spouses, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Life Story Funeral Homes, Vicksburg (269-649-1697) on Saturday, July 25th with a gathering for friends and family at 11:00 and a service at 11:30. A private family ceremony will be held at Vicksburg Cemetery. Please visit Dick’s personal memory page at www.lifestoryfuneralhomes.com where you can share a favorite memory or photo, or sign his guestbook before coming to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kairos Dwelling Hospice.