December 11, 1939 – October 12, 2022
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Rich Golden, age 82 of Vandalia, Michigan, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side to his heavenly home on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Rich is survived by his loving wife Susan Golden, and children Robert, Michael (Jake Aikman) and James (Kristina). Proud Papa to Grace and Olivia. Loving brothers and sisters-in-law Patricia Golden, Laura Golden, William and Gretchen, Tom and Mary, Linda and Dave, Jack and Barb, and Rob and Christine Jensen. Rich was preceded in death by his father and mother John and Helen Golden, and his brothers Donald and George. Beloved Uncle to his many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews who referred to him as The Cookie Man.
In honor of Rich’s life, friends and family will gather on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, Il. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm with funeral service to follow on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 10 am. Internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Rich was born in Hammond, Indiana, and grew up in Hegewisch, Illinois, in a large Polish family. Rich was raised in Hegewisch where he lived for 35 years and then moved to Lansing, Illinois, when he got married. He lived in Lansing for 40 years until he retired and eventually moved to his lifelong dream of owning a lake house for 7 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman from an early age and continued enjoying fishing with his good friends, John and Rich. He graduated from Mendell Catholic High School. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1969. Rich worked at Wisconsin Steel for over 20 years until it closed and then spent the rest of work history at the Village of Lansing Public Works Department. Rich had many great friend and family who loved him, and he will be truly missed. Grace and Olivia were his lifeline, and Kristina kept him organized with her handwritten daily letters to guide him. Eternal rest granted unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.