Boats 07

Richard Simkins

November 20, 1942 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 77)


Richard “Rick” Cady Simkins, 77 of Lowell, MI passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  Rick was born on November 20, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Richard and Alice (Whitwam) Simkins. He received his business degree in Finance from Michigan State University in 1966.  On November 8, 1969, he married Maria Kusterer and together raised two sons, Steven and Bradley.

Rick had a great love for his family, travel, and the water.  He was an avid water skier and taught a countless number of people how to water ski.  He was also a lifelong Spartan, holding season tickets to basketball and football for many years.

He was known for his welcoming smile and generous spirit.  He loved to host family and friends at their home, always engaging in warm conversations and making every guest feel at home.

Rick was preceded in death by his father and mother.  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maria, sons Steven (Melissa) and Bradley (Catherine) both of Lowell, and six grandchildren: Grace, Caden, Makenzie, Lilah, Kellen, and Zachary.

A private funeral service will be held by the family. Interment will be in the Graceland Memorial Park columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Brody’s Be Café ( or the West Michigan Adaptive Water Ski Club c/o Kentwood Parks & Recreation (

To send flowers to Richard's family, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family
© 2020 Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use