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October 12, 1948 - May 10, 2022

Cremation has taken place. Friends and Family are invited to a Visitation on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in c/o the funeral or by going to

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It is with great sadness to share that Richard Clair Aldrich passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Richard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy; children, Justine (David) Bentz, Vince (Kelly) Aldrich, Ben (Molly) Aldrich; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-granddaughters. In addition, sister, Marie (Ron) McGee; and brother, Bob (Wanda) Aldrich; and sister-in-law Donnie (Don) Schweiger.

Richard was born October 12, 1948, to Barbara (Everest) and Nelson ‘Mike’ Aldrich in Battle Creek, MI. He graduated in 1967, from Harper Creek High School and later completed the Carpenter Apprentice Program.

He was very proud of his family and liked spending time fishing, hunting, and carpentry/construction (anything that kept his hands busy); he even built several of the homes for the family. He also enjoyed growing vegetables and farming, raising cattle, and helping with 4-H.

He was always ready to start a conversation with anyone that was willing to talk – he had a ton of questions and always had a story to share.