Celebration of life June 12 for Dick Musselman, 86

Dick Musselman of Dorr died Monday, May 24, at home. He was 86.

Dick was born in Kalamazoo July 18, 1934, son of Henry and Phyllis (Davis) Musselman. Following his 1952 graduation from Kalamazoo Christian, he was employed for 11 years by National Waterlift in the Engineering Test Lab, and for 24 years with the Upjohn Company.

Dick retired in 1990 and he and Maggie began spending winters in Orange Beach, Ala. They attended the United Methodist Church during winter and the Sandy Pines Chapel in summer.

Dick enjoyed watching and taking part in sports, especially tennis. He loved bike riding on the roads and trails of Sandy Pines and those in lower Alabama. He also enjoyed growing tomatoes and fancied BLTs for breakfast.

Dick admitted with abandon his love for Hudsonville ice cream from the Sandy Pines Dairy Dip.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Maggie, and their children, Jim (Candella) of Katy, TX, Judy (Richard) Carlsen, of Wayland, Joseph (Shelly) of Lower Hutt, N.Z., and Jill Gettle (Jon Carpenter) of Brighton; grandchildren, Clara (Jose Cando) Musselman, George (Jessica) Musselman, Jacob Gettle, and Christopher “C.J.” Gettle, and step-grandchildren Chris, Andy, Stephen, Rick and Valerie. There are also six great-grandchildren: Calvin, Kennedy, Conrad, Jose “Pepito,” Felipe and Camila. Survivors also include brothers John (MaryLyn) of Florida and Dr. William (Joanne), sister-in-law Evelyn, of Kalamazoo, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Henry (infant), Bob and his wife Marilyn, and Don.

A celebration of Dick’s life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Sandy Pines Chapel, 3630 26th St., Dorr. Memorials may be directed to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, the Sandy Pines Chapel, 3794 Rain Tree, Hudsonville, MI 49426, or a charity of your choice.

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