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Obituary for Richard Laverne Start II

Richard Laverne Start II, 64, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2023 at home. He was born on April 27, 1959, the son of Richard Laverne Start and Delores D. (Day) Start.

Rick honorably served and retired after 20 years from the United States Air Force. Upon returning home, he worked for the Gull Lake School system where he drove bus and worked as a lunch supervisor. He loved working at the school and could remember each kid by name and enjoyed interacting with them daily. Rick enjoyed collecting vinyl albums and records and converting them over to MP3 files. He was passionate about politics, putting time and effort into his Halloween costume each year, gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Rick is survived by his significant other, Kelley Kinney; mother, Delores Start; children, Katherine Start, Krystle Start, Robert (Malia) Start II, Joy (Matthew) Blood; 6 grandchildren and one on the way; best friend, Rob Silk; sister, Patricia (David) Hensley and brother, Bill (Sue) Start. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Start.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Bedford Area Lions Club, 22116 Bedford Road North, Battle Creek, MI 49017 on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.

For those wishing to leave the family a message, please do so on the memorial guest book via the Baxter website.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Rick.

Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service. 269-788-9800.