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(September 4, 1962 – October 30, 2013)

Richard A. LaRoche, 51, of Shepherd, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 30, 2013. Richard was born on September 4, 1962, in Bay City to Richard and Patricia (Gerhardt) LaRoche. On October 29, 1983, Richard was married to Donna Beson. Richard was a licensed builder and mechanic, and he loved his cars. He was adventurous and liked white water rafting and canoeing. He enjoyed Nascar, shooting, sports and hunting and was a member of the NRA. Richard loved to have everyone to his house for grilling. He enjoyed vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Richards favorite quote was, “You can’t just be a spectator your whole life.” Richard is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Jennae LaRoche, son Richie (Shelby) LaRoche and grandson Colten Richard. Richard is also survived by his Mother Patricia LaRoche, his father Richard LaRoche, grandmother, Isabell Gerhardt, and sisters Pam Garza and Rhonda (John) Ivey. The Funeral Service will be held at Midland Baptist Church on Sat., Nov. 2nd, at 11am with Pastor Jim Payne officiating. The family will receive friends on Fri., Nov. 1st, from 4 until 7 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home and on Sat., at the church, from 10 am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Isabella County. Please send donation to RFL of Isabella County at 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.