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Trinity Lutheran Church
Thursday January 20th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Trinity Lutheran Church
Thursday January 20th, 2022

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Richard L. Sherman

Richard L. Sherman, 78 of Gaylord, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on May 24, 1943, he was the son of Glenwood and Edna (Neumann) Sherman. Rich grew up in East Detroit and graduated from Lutheran East High School in Harper Woods.

Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained and served as a firefighter. Stationed at Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Peru, Indiana, he was discharged June 27, 1967.

Richard and Risa L. Finger were married on February 13, 1965 while he was serving at Bunker Hill. Their first child, a son Barry, was born there. After he left the Air Force, he and Risa returned home, living briefly in Taylor before moving to Allen Park where their daughter, Angela, was born.

Rich joined Ford Motor Company in 1967 where he worked 31 years as a firefighter and EMT at the Rouge Plant in Dearborn. After retiring, Rich and Risa moved to Otsego Lake in Gaylord to a home that had been his parents and grandparents.

His faith was an important part of his life. He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln Park and later at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gaylord.

Rich was very supportive of youth sports as an active athletic booster at Lutheran West where his children went to school. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, playing golf and bowling.

Rich is survived by Risa, his wife of almost 57 years; his children, Barry (Victoria) Sherman of Macomb Township, and Angela Sherman of Southgate; grandsons, Andrew, Allen and Randon; a special Goddaughter, Barbara Jo; and his extended family which includes his brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Sharon Sherman and Margery Fiehn and a granddaughter, Megan Lynne.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gaylord where visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. Interment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Jenifer Pirdy Jan 17 2022 5:33 AM

You were a giant of a man with a heart that never stopped giving. You will be so missed. We love you neighbor

Roos Family Jan 16 2022 10:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Sherman

Tom and Terri Raithel Jan 16 2022 7:14 PM

I will miss Rich beyond words.
I will always love my Godfather & cherish the the love he always showed me.

Barbara Jo Bisesi Spargo Jan 16 2022 6:52 PM

On behalf of the Northland Sportsman club,Rich will be missed, he was a anchor for the sportsmen club, always willing to go the extra mile. Whether for sight in or a work bee. Always greeting you with a smile and hi you doing. Prayers for family. RIP Rich.

Vic Ouellette Jan 16 2022 4:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Sherman

Diane Phillips Jan 16 2022 8:38 AM