Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 16, 2013

Richard Gene Cypher

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — CEDAR — Richard Gene Cypher, age 85, of Cedar and formerly of Suttons Bay and Grand Ledge, died peacefully the morning of May 11, 2013, in Traverse City.

He was the son of Gerald and Edith Cypher, born May 25, 1927. Once grown into a handsome young man, he fell in love and married Kathleen Rose Dobson, his loving and devoted wife of 49 years. The union produced four offspring, Gary Richard (Christine), Timothy Alan (Mary Egan McGlynn), Gregory Thomas and Karen Marie. The legacy continues with his 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He loved and treated all with the same kind heart and love as only Pipi/Grandpa could.

Other loves of his life were Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge, of which he was an active member for over 50 years, and most recently the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, where he continually found the love and strength of God.

He served in the United States Army at West Point. He retired from the Michigan State Police as a very meticulous tailor and previously owned Ken Hicks Men’s stores. Other passions after retirement were antiquing and specializing in the renovation of old light fixtures. He will be remembered as a generous man who provided well for his family and instilled good values.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Greg; one great-grandchild; and brother Ronald.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank-you to the Wurm family for their dedicated care of our father for over 10 years.

A celebration of Richard’s life with a Memorial Eucharist will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m., with visitation occurring one hour before the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery followed by a light lunch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritans Closet in Lake Leelanau.

Please visit Richard’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with his family.

The family is being served by Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.