Longtime Hopkins farmer, meat cutter Dick Funk, 85, dies

Richard “Dick” Joseph Funk, 85 of Hopkins, died Sunday, Oct. 22, at Green Acres of Wayland.

Dick was born in Salem, Mich., Sept. 22, 1932, to the late Bernard and Evelyn (Goodman) Funk. He spent more than 40 years working as a meat cutter for Punches Slaughter House and Harding’s Market until it was purchased by Village Market. Then he went to work for Ralph’s in Hopkins.

Through the years he also farmed his own land. Dick enjoyed walking, playing cards and golf, and cutting wood. What others may have thought of as work, Dick thought of as fun. Traveling and camping with his family also brought great joy to Dick. They first started camping in a tent, and later moved to a 5th wheel.

In his early years he served as a church usher at Sacred Heart Parish in Watson Township. Together they raised their family and created memories of their life together.

Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; his children, Rick (Sherri) Funk II, Valerie (Scott) Holmes, Colleen (Terry) Holland, and Andy (Deb) Funk; nine grandchildren, Shelly Funk, Dustin Funk, Cory (Darci) Holmes, Danny Holmes, Cade Homes, Sarah (Eric) Guthrey, Chelsea (Jesse) Grover, Heather (Preston) Mashburn, and Brandon Funk; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Diane Funk and Shirley Hoffman; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his baby daughter, Sheryl Funk; and two brothers, Kenneth Funk and Larry Funk.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Watson Township.

Memorial donations may be made in Dick’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or Grace Hospice.

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