Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 12, 2013

Richard J. 'Rick' Eyman

TRAVERSE CITY — Richard “Rick” Joseph Eyman, 58, of Williamsburg, formerly of Pontiac, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Tendercare of Traverse City.

Rick was born on Aug. 19, 1954, in Pontiac, to the late Richard and Shirley (Mead) Eyman. Rick was married to Paula Sue Schafer on July 8, 2000, during the Cherry Festival in Sunset Park. She survives him.

Richard had been employed by Team Elmer’s as truck driver.

Rick was a member of Central United Methodist Church. He was involved in the Men’s Club at his church. He was also active at Williamsburg Methodist Church. The Williamsburg Welfare Wheeler was Rick’s and Paula’s passion; he was also a member of The Dusters 4x4 club.

Rick was a true outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and driving his Jeep. Since 1978 he never missed a last day of the Cherry Festival, starting with sitting on the same corner for the parade and ending with the fireworks.

Rick is survived by his loving wife, Paula Sue Eyman, of Williamsburg; two daughters and a son, Amy E. Petersen, of Ocala, Fla., John J. (Amy Aline) Eyman, of Kingsley, and Kathleen Burroughs, of Kalkaska; his former wife, Denise Davis Eyman; two stepdaughters, Candy (Bill) Fisher, of Hutchinson, Ill., and Miranda R. Grossman, of Interlochen; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, John (Catherine) Eyman, James (Virginia) Eyman and Thomas Eyman; three sisters, Kathleen “Gabby” (Dave) Thacker and Lynn (Michael) M. Rodriguez. Also surviving are many loving family members and good friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Fouch; and mother-in-law, Ruth Leis.

A memorial service honoring Rick will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Central Untied Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City. Pastor Chris Lane will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit at the church on Saturday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Rick’s family at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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