2006-10-07 / Obituaries

Richard 'Dick' Bagbey

Richard "Dick" Bagbey Richard "Dick" Bagbey Richard "Dick" Bagbey spent most of his life on Mackinac Island, where he served as a magistrate, and on Mackinac Island's fire department, cemetery board, Lions Club, and snowmobile club. He worked 45 years for Arnold Transit Company, and he worked for Jim Alford prior to that. Mr. Bagbey died at the age of 62 Sunday morning, September 24, 2006, ending a three-month bout with cancer.

He was born June 22, 1944, in Detroit.

He was a life member of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church on Mackinac Island.

Mr. Bagbey is survived by his wife, Gwen (nee LaPine), whom he married September 24, 1990, in Cheboygan.

He also is survived by his step-father who reared him, Bob Andress of Pine River; his children and step-children and their families, Shelley and Jeff Izzard of Cadillac, Tammey and Patrick Schlehuber of St. Ignace, Karen and Harry Ortlieb of New York, Eileen Gibson of Manistee, Erin Bagbey of Mackinac Island, and Gabriel Cowell and Lorne Cowell, both of Mackinac Island; three brothers and their families, Dan Bagbey of Orlando, Florida, John and Mary Bagbey of Manchester, and Billy and Theresa Andress of Mackinac Island; five sisters and their families, Sheri and Tom Gallagher of Oregon, Linda and Joe Horn of St. Ignace, Kimberly Hartman of Sturgis, Kathy Andress of Mackinac Island, and Bobby Ann Andress of St. Ignace, and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Andress, in February 2001.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, September 27, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne's Catholic Church on Mackinac Island. Father Rey Garcia officiated.

Visitation was Tuesday after- noon, September 26.

Dodson Funeral Home of St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.

By Jeannette Doud

To the family of the late Richard Bagbey, may you find comfort, peace, beautiful memories and keepsakes forever in your heart.

Dick passed away Sunday, September 24, at the age of 62, following a short illness. Family and friends joined together at Ste. Anne's to mourn the loss of a young member of our community. The historic church was filled with all who loved and respected him.

Dick was a dedicated employee of Arnold Transit Company for 45 years, where he greeted his many customers warmly. He was a kind and loving husband to Gwen, whom he married in Cheboygan September 24, 1990. The couple owned a comfortable home in Harrisonville, which they shared with their large family and friends. Each evening following work, Dick could be seen riding home on the dray with his friends, many of whom were his pallbearers, Jim Pettit, Brett Horn, Matt Bazinaw, Mike Hart, Jim Bentgen, and Keith Martin.

It is the golden season of autumn. Dick now rests in peace. Out of the goodness of his heart, he always wore a cheery smile. His presence shall be greatly missed, especially his wonderful cooking.

Deepest sympathy to the family from Island friends.

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