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H. Richard Verbiest

March 4, 1926 May 23, 2018
H. Richard Verbiest
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Obituary for H. Richard Verbiest

H. Richard Verbiest of Birmingham died peacefully May 23, 2018. He was 92 years old. Dick was born March 4, 1926 in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan to Marie (nee Reddy) and Hubert Verbiest. He was a proud graduate of the University of Detroit High School, class of 1944. It was during those high school years he was given the nickname “Slip”. Following graduation, he entered the military to serve during WWII. After the war he returned to graduate from the University of Detroit Law School.

Dick worked as a mortgage banker and in sales and marketing for an insurance company before starting Verbiest Publishing Company in the 1970’s, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

Dick enjoyed hunting, golfing, traveling, and Northern Michigan but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Connie and daughters, Julie (Daniel) Schmidt and Carol (Brian) Roney. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sara, Michael, and Matthew (Tracy) Schmidt and Catherine, Brian, and Michael Roney and several nieces and nephews. Dick is preceded in death by his sisters, Caryl Westerhide and Sally Ann Verbiest.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham, Tuesday, May 29th at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9am.

Memorials appreciated to U of D Jesuit High School, 8400 S. Cambridge, Detroit, Michigan 48221 or Christ Child Society, 502 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, Michigan 48017.

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