Obituary: Richard “Rick” Vanden Heuvel, 61, of Ludington.

May 13, 2022

Rick Vanden Heuvel

Obituary: Richard “Rick” Vanden Heuvel, 61, of Ludington.

Richard “Rick” John Vanden Heuvel of Ludington died on May 6, 2022. He was the beloved third child of Carroll and Barbara Vanden Heuvel. He was born on September 15, 1960 in Hart, where he grew up and graduated from Hart High School in 1979. He had a great sense of humor and a strong work ethic that he inherited from his father. Rick was very social, enjoying life with friends and family.
Rick enjoyed being outdoors during all of Michigan’s seasons. In spring he loved to hunt for morel mushrooms and tour the cherry orchards in bloom.  Throughout summer he could be found playing backgammon at the beach or searching for fossils on the sand dunes. In the fall Rick enjoyed canoeing and exploring the woods.  During the winter he was known to create elaborate snow sculptures, which he even made the newspaper for, and he knew the best sledding hills.
Rick was a lover of music which he would always listen to while he was working in the kitchen. He was an amazing cook, preparing many of the family’s requests every holiday.  He had a creative side that won him sand castle competitions and spurred him to always be building something.
Rick is survived by his children, Cody Vanden Heuvel, Sierra (Dave) Matthews, grandchildren, Vivienne Vanden Heuvel, and Murphy Matthews; siblings Gregg Vanden Heuvel, Debora (Jeff) Foster, Cindy (Chuck) Leonard; nieces Nicole (Johnny) Wright, Amanda (Jason) Steele; nephew Chaz Leonard; his former wife and mother of their children, Kelli (Mike) Edington; family friend Mark Parrish; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; special in-laws Gerry and Sue Burmeister; paternal and maternal grandparents; his friends Jeff Askins and Steve Gilles; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. Family will greet friends starting at noon for visitation.  Pastor Gary Ridley will preside over the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

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