Richard Myers

Richard "Dick" E. Myers, 78, of Collegedale, died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 19, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinsons. He was a member of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Richard was born in Cass County, Mich. on Nov. 13, 1935 to Alfred and Rosie Myers. In 1954, Dick graduated from Cedar Lake Academy where he met his future wife Donna Tremble Myers. They were married on Nov. 6, 1955 and were devoted to each other for 58 years. Dick was the beloved father of Mark Myers, of Ooltewah, and Mike (Deanne) Myers, of Cleveland. Dick is survived by four grandchildren whom he adored. They are Jaime Myers, Jackie (Eric) Bates, Megan Myers and Zach Myers. Richard started his career at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., as a Nursing Assistant. His life career was in industrial and educational construction. For 14 years he was involved in many building projects on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Spring, Mich. In 1971, Richard moved his family to Collegedale where he continued building projects for the campus of Southern Adventist University. After 31 years of service he retired as the Assistant Director of Plant Services. Richard was an avid sports fan. He loved his "cubbies". He played softball for the city leagues until he was 50 years old. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Richard was the youngest of seven children. He was preceded in death by his brother, Miner; sister, Evelyn; brother, Carroll; and sister, Ernestine. He will be missed by his brother, Clifford (Rachel) Myers, of Collegedale, and Dorothy Banks, of Battle Creek, Mich. He is loved by many nieces, nephews and friends. As for his family, the sun will never shine quite as brightly without his presence. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday April 25, 2014, at Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor's David and Cherie Smith officiating. The interment will follow in Collegedale Memorial Park. Visit to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute. The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, or Great Lakes Academy (Cedar Lakes Adventist Academy) 7477 M575 Edmore, MI 48829. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

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