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David Dee Rikkers

David D. Rikkers age 81, of Montague, MI died Monday, August 31, 2020 at home with his family at his side. David was born on November 30, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the late John and Jean (Timmermans) Rikkers. He married Jane N. (Link) Rikkers on April 5, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conklin. David was a teacher in Muskegon Public Schools for 36 years. Dave was honored with an “Excellence in Teaching†award from MPS in 1987. He was a leader in the MCTEA and in Region 13 of the MEA. Retiring in 1996. After his retirement, he and Jane enjoyed travel, home improvement projects and winters in Florida. The Dogwood Park Mobile Home Community was his winter home for 17 years. A goal of traveling to all 50 states was capped off in 2011 and 2012, with cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. David is survived by his wife of 46 + Years: Jane N. Rikkers of Montague. 1 Son: David S. Rikkers of Whitehall. 1 Grandchild: Vergie (Aaron) Rolf, 6 Great grandchildren: Dominic, Jessalyn, Liam, Eleanor, Felicity and Max. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. Cremation has taken place with a private service at a later date. Memorials may be directed to: Harbor Hospice. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511

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Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship.

Mike & Sherry Rossman Sep 5 2020 3:18 PM

Prayers for your family and friends.

Nancy Greene Sep 2 2020 12:37 PM

Family of Dave Rikers, we will miss him so much here at Dogwood. At our Wed. coffee Hr and and our Dinner get togethers. Bob will miss you coming over to chat with him from time to time when he was outside. God speed Dave and God Bless all. The Coville Familly

Bob and Jo Coville Sep 1 2020 7:51 PM

Jane, I am so sorry to hear about Daves passing. I pray that God grants you his peace and that your memories help you through the coming days. God Bless, Marcia

Marcia Tyndall Sep 1 2020 5:26 PM

Jane, so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. My best advice is take it slow, dont rush it....one day at a time. It will get better!

Charles Ash Sep 1 2020 2:26 PM

Dear Jane, I am so sorry of the passing of your husband Dave. I know that its been a difficult journey for him these past years...my prayers are with you and family

Pamela Aug 31 2020 8:10 PM

My condolence on the passing of you Father!!

Larry Bluhm Aug 31 2020 2:15 PM

Dear Rikkers Family, David Rikkers was one of the very best teachers at Nelson School in the early 1970s. His lectures on Michigan History to my eighth grade class were fascinating. He didn't "teach from a book" but had his own material and didn't need notes. In short, he was outstanding. I know you will miss him. I thank the Good Lord for David Rikkers!

Nate Mattson Aug 31 2020 12:06 PM