Richard Charles Jurzysta

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Richard Charles “Rick” Jurzysta, 68, of Standish, our caring, devoted, and hardworking husband, father, Papa, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend went home to heaven on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Medilodge of Sterling. Rick was born in Port Huron on September 26, 1948 to the late John and Francis (Jaworski) Jurzysta. After graduating high school, Rick went on to meet the love of his life, the former Margaret “Peggy” Rock. Rick and Peggy met at Peggy’s parents bar and at first Peggy wouldn’t give him the time of day; but after Rick’s persistence, she gave in and on their very first date is when they decided to marry. Rick and Peggy were united in marriage on August 13, 1977, their marriage was blessed with 39 years, three children, and countless memories. Rick was an Over the Road (OTR) Truck Driver for 45 years, during this time he became a million miler three times over. Rick’s passion was taking care of his garden, doing yard work, and working in the shed; especially with his special helpers, Troy and Tasha. Rick leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Peggy; son, Rick (Heidi Brockman) Jurzysta; adopted son and great-grandson, Troy Jurzysta; grandchildren, Tasha Turcott, Richard Jurzysta, and Gabriel Jurzysta; step-grandchildren, Benny and Earl Brockman; great-grandchild, Jazlynn Clark; siblings, Betty Dudley, Jack (Joan) Jurzysta, Chris Harvey, Mike (Bev) Jurzysta, Tom (Janette) Jurzysta, and Bill (Andrea) Jurzysta; in-laws, Diane (Bruce) Tyler and Nita (Gary) Lee; special friend, Shawn Davis, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In addition to his parents, Rick was welcomed home to heaven by his daughters, Wendy Sue Jurzysta and Lorraine Turcott; sister, Marge Steinhouse; brothers-in-law, Terry Harvey and Fred Dudley; along with Peggy’s parents, Bud and Nita Rock. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. Richard, you wi be sadly missed by your family and friends. You left too soon, we never got to say good bye, we know you are with GOD. Will miss your hearty laugh and big smile. Had lots of plans for our families this summer, some day we will all be together at GOD’s golden throne. Until then rest in peace my friend, rest in . Peace. Love,Bill, Sally and Mary

  2. Peggy, so sorry to hear about your husband Rick, I was really shocked to see this. My condolences, prayers and love to you and your family.

  3. Richard, I have been so very fortunate to have had you in my life for the last 27 years. You were more than a father figure to me, you were my friend. You and mom were there for me and treated me like one of your own. You could always make me smile even on my worst of days. I will miss that hearty, uplifting laugh and those wonderful hugs. When my father passed on, you promised me that you would always be there for me and you would keep me in line. I know it was hard work but you did it with a wink and a smile. My fondest memory of you was 7 months ago, on my wedding day. I was so nervous and you took my hands and looked at me and said, ‘You are such a beautiful young woman and Tom’s a lucky man. I know you have what it takes to be a wonderful wife. Now go, make us proud. And remember mom and I love you.’ I never imagined we would lose you so soon. We will never understand why but we will always know you are with us in our hearts. I know God welcomed you home with open arms as we know he takes the best first. Thank you for being my second dad. I will love you forever ‘Pops’ and I will help Rick look after mom and Troy. Love your other daughter, Mary and son in law Tom.

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