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(January 11, 1927 – May 8, 2010)

Richard Sirrine,83, passed away at his home surrounded by his family May 8th, 2010. He was born on January 11, 1927 in Homer Twp. and was raised on what was Sirrine Rd. and is now Miller Rd. His parents were Leila A. Strong and Erwin C. Sirrine. He attended Barnes school and then graduated from Midland High in 1944. Richard was the Captain of the Midland High Football team and also was on the baseball team. He went on after high school and attended Michigan State where he studied engineering, he also played football and baseball at Michigan State. Richard was a member of the ROTC program during his college years where he earned a National Rifle Marksman Champion award. Richard was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. In 1950 he served his country and entered into the Korean war and was in the 3rd Engineer Combat Division and was Honorably discharged in 1952. In 1953 he married Phyllis Williams where they settled back in Midland and raised their three children, Robin, Mark and adopted son Jim. Richard was employed for 25 yrs at Dow Chemical where he started as a draftsman and then worked into structural engineering. During his years at Dow Richard would build homes as a sideline business which then evolved into what is now North Point Construction. Richard took early retirement from Dow to pursue and devote his time to his passion, designing and building homes. He joined partnership with his son Mark and had built hundreds of homes throughout the Tri City area. North Point was established in 1975 and is still continuing on with son Mark. He was a member of the Midland Home Builders Assoc. and served as a board member for many years. He was always interested in historical preservation and conserving the beauty of nature. It was reflected in his selection of site and design. He was a Elk Lifetime Member and the Safari Club, Toastmasters International and was an avid hunter. He loved the hunting club Mid Forest Lodge. He was also an avid golfer, where he would spend many a Saturday and Sunday playing golf with his son Mark. Richard also loved to spend his winters with Phyllis at Siesta Key Beach, FL. where they enjoyed being with the family and friends and loved to walk the beach and have breakfast at the Broken Egg in the Siesta Village. Richard is survived by his wife Phyllis of Midland; daughter Robin (Dave) Hammond of Midland; son Mark (Kathy) Sirrine of Midland; stepson James Sirrine of Midland; grandchildren, Andrea Fox, Kariann (Adam) Prewozniak, Rachel Fox, Rebecca Hammond, Rachel Almond, Matthew Sirrine, Stephanie Sirrine; great granddaughter Drea Dawkins; great grandson Bennet Almond; brother William (Shirley) Sirrine of Midland; Sister-in-law, Jean (John) Swank and many nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his parents Erwin C. Leila A. Sirrine, stepfather Roy Peacock, great granddaughter Ava Fox; brother-in-law Wilbur Stark; father and mother-in-law Richard and Lucille Williams. A Funeral Service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 13, at 11:00 am with Reverend John Langewisch officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Wednesday, May 12 from 4 to 7 pm and at the church from 10 am until the time of the service. Full Military rights under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the Midland County Veterans. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider giving to the donor’s favorite charity in Richards name. Online condolences are available at www.smithminer.com