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Richard J. Edwartoski

July 18, 1949 March 24, 2020
Richard J. Edwartoski
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Richard John Edwartoski has left the earth for his eternal tee time on March 24, 2020. He was surrounded by family and loved ones during his final moments. Born July 18th, 1949, to Richard and Shirley Edwartoski in Scranton, PA, and preceded in death by his loving sister Valerie Leatherman, Richard spent the majority of his childhood and adult life in Southern California. After moving to Michigan, Rick was a loving husband to Pamela Edwartoski for 29 years. He was an adoring father to his children Brandi Edwartoski Young and Autumn Ward (Justin) and his stepchildren, Brad Krueger (Laurie), Tricia Bischoff (Eric), and Matthew Krueger. Rick was an active and loving grandparent to his grandchildren Rilee, Cooper, Kali, Marli, Hadli, Nicholas and Owen.

Growing up Rick learned and embraced a love for the outdoors that was instilled in him by his father. A close bond between them was fostered through many hunting and fishing expeditions shared by the two of them, a shared love that was kept afloat until his father’s passing. Rick found a love of fast cars, fast boats, and fast anything while growing up in SoCal. Working on cars gave Rick a hobby that let him embrace his wild side and his desire to improve upon what was already there. A character trait that helped shape his life and his career.

Rick and his wife Pam enjoyed their life in Rochester Hills, Michigan where they both had a passion for food and family. They also enjoyed traveling around the globe from Alaska, to Africa and Dubai. Rick and Pam not only explored the world, but they explored many different sports, from biking, skiing and golfing together. Rick was also an avid bowler and had numerous trophies and awards from all the leagues throughout the years.

Rick’s love for cooking and food, made him the head chef in the house. With his apron on in full force he adored cooking for his family and friends. His spaghetti sauce was a family favorite and requested by all who had the opportunity to savor it. Rick and Pam were always exploring new dishes they found from the cooking channel as well as bringing back authentic dish ideas from their travels. Rick’s taste in food was not always Michelin Star, he certainly had a love for sweets, cookies, chocolate and ice cream. And you would always see him with coffee in hand. Rick treasured the memories of bringing a full table of friends and family together over a meal he created.

As we all sit and mourn the loss of our beloved Rick, we must look back upon our lives and remember the ways in which he has touched each and everyone one of us. Whether it was through a hug, a short conversation, an invitation to eat, sitting around the holidays with family, a round of golf, or just in how he engaged with family and friends, Rick made everyone he encountered feel special. As his family grieves, the memories of Rick will endure and provide comfort.

Rick will be loved, cherished and missed by everyone who knew him.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to:

Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan –

Heart to Heart Hospice -


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