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Richard “Rich” J. LaCosse, 74, of Midland, passed away on August 15, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born on July 6, 1946 in Perkins, Michigan.


Rich served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Conley’s Security for over 40 years providing 35 years at Dow High School as security guard where he touched many lives and was known as Ranger Rick. He will be greatly missed. In his memory, have a diet Coke.  


Rich is survived by his sons, Steven Diamond, Lawrence Diamond, sister, Wanda Debassige, and brothers, Phillip LaCosse, John LaCosse and good friends, David and Jada Davis and their children, Kinsey and Sully.


Per Rich’s wishes cremation has taken place.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Adopt-a-family at Christmas in Midland.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the LaCosse family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.




Condolence Messages

  1. Dave Davis

    27 August 2020 11 months ago

    He was a great friend we spent a lot of time together going to Dr appointments.I met him through my son Sully Davis when he had found out that he had throat cancer. He wanted some one to go with him to Ann arbor for treatment.I happened to not be working due to a brain tumor I had removed in detroit Hebert Ford hospital.we hit it off right away became real close friends.going to miss him and his story’s about life.

  2. Nina Dennis

    23 August 2020 11 months ago

    We worked together at the Casino in Mt. Pleasant for a lot of years. Absolutely loved knowing you and talking to you. So sad to hear you have passed. Love and prayers and strength to his family and friends. RIP

  3. Jenee

    23 August 2020 11 months ago

    Thank you for helping our students from the moment they arrived at school to the moment they left campus. Thanks for making each child feel safe and important.

  4. Cheryl

    23 August 2020 11 months ago

    He was a wonderful man, I knew him from his work as a security officer at the High School. My heart is broken, he will be dearly missed. And we will absolutely adopt a family for Christmas! RIP “Rich”.

  5. Matt Murphy

    23 August 2020 11 months ago

    “Mr. Murphy, lock down of Dow High is complete.” Thank you for everything Rich. It won’t be the same without you.

  6. Anonymous

    20 August 2020 11 months ago

    Richard you will be missed by many. I enjoyed seeing once a moth when you would come to the office and one of those trips you came with your guitar and sat down and played a song and you never got my fist name and just called me Tricky. I will always cherish the time we would talk and I will miss your smiley face. Rest In Peace. Tricky

  7. Lawrence and Veronica Diamond

    20 August 2020 11 months ago

    Richard, Thank you for being an Amazing Grandpa to our kids, Evaristo, Santana and Roselynd. You gave them very good advice when they needed it. Always put them First in your book. I (Veronica) will miss out talks. We’re going to be singing your songs and the campfire for the rest of our lives. Our kids will keep your Guitar lesson going. You are with your Mom and Pop’s. We will meet again. We love you with all our hearts. We will meet again ♥️

  8. Amy

    18 August 2020 11 months ago

    I loved him. He sold me a beautiful guitar for my son with autism. Such a good man. He was there for me when I needed him and for many others. Love you. God bless

  9. Nicki

    18 August 2020 11 months ago

    Rich was a lovely man to work with – so very friendly and helpful. He will be sorely missed.

  10. Steve Diamond (aka Richardson Joseph Lacosse)

    18 August 2020 11 months ago

    I loved listening to you while you played the guitar. Every time I hear the sound of the guitar I’ll be remembering you. I wish I knew you more but blessed to know you. Rest In Peace Dad.

  11. Kinsey Davis

    17 August 2020 11 months ago

    He was my adopted grandpa. I love him so so so much, Rich.

  12. David Hooper

    17 August 2020 11 months ago

    I worked with him at the casino in my pleasant, and for a time, he was married to my mom. Beyond that he was my friend.

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