Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Service Information

Richard J. "Dick" Molter 
Visitation: Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 pm and Friday, June 5, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home  
Service: 11:00 am Saturday, June 6, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 2894 Patterson Ave., SE

Cemetery:  Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Memorials: Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St., SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, Mi 49546 or American Heart and Lung Associaton  https://www.lung.org/get-involved/ways-to-give

 

Richard J. (Dick) Molter, age 73, of Kentwood, former SSgt., US Army Rangers and Steelcase employee, passed away on June 1, 2020 to be joined with his Lord and Savior. The absence of body means present with our Heavenly Father. Richard retired from the military at the ripe old age of 21 due to the severity of injuries sustained in Vietnam, War Zone C, Loc Ninh Providence on the Cambodian border. During his service he was awarded 11 medals including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, with Palm Device, awarded for bravery and heroism in combat on the Vietnam/Cambodian border to name a few. He was one of the few that was greeted warmly by family, G.R. Press and a crowd at G.R. Ford Airport when he arrived home following months of hospitalization. He went on to work for Steelcase for 21 plus years, holding various positions, retiring from Quality Management at the age of 53 due to heart disease. He dealt with several illnesses as a result of exposure to Dioxin, Agent Orange, including lung cancer, heart disease, and profound neuropathy. All became severely debilitating and the cause of his demise. He said he was "killed in Vietnam, he just hadn't died yet," until now! He easily made friends everywhere, at work and in his many travels within the US and abroad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Virginia Molter; and two sisters, Karen Molter Strick and Judy Molter Whorley. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his sweet loving, caring wife and best friend, Anh; his daughters, Kathy Molter Hirdes (Bill), Jackie Molter Wierenga (Randy); his son, Scott Richard Molter Sperling; stepsons, Khang Nguyen (Amy Le) of Vancouver, B.C. and Khoa Tran of Saigon, VN; grandchildren, Savannah (Andy) Mains, Aaron, and Alex Hirdes, Jordan and Jenna Wierenga, Boi Boi, Tran Dang Khoi in VN and Kennedy Le Nguyen of Vancouver, B.C.; four great-grandchildren, Adeline, Emmitt, Charlotte, and Vivian Mains; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda (John) Shippers of Noblesville, IN., Debra (Clyle) Mumby of Orleans, MI, Jim Whorley of Saranac, MI, and Don and Mary Christian of Cannonsburg, MI; many nieces and nephews; and special friends within the local Vietnamese community. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, all water sports and coaching little league baseball. Fishing trips to Canada were his absolute favorite. He also enjoyed his many return trips to Vietnam, two to his Ranger base camp at Lai Khe, Vn...One trip of seven weeks to North Vietnam where he met his beautiful, loving wife Anh in Saigon. He found all his trips back to be very rewarding, a profound healing process indeed. To his astonishment, he had been thanked by more people of North Vietnam for his service to their country and ours than he had ever been from people in the US. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 4, from 6 – 8 pm and Friday, June 5, from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home (please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, only 10 people are permitted in the room at a time). A graveside service with military honors will be held 11 am on Saturday, June 6, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 2894 Patterson SE (meet at the office). In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart and Lung Association or Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods would be appreciated.

 

STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 

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