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Richard Paul Kaiser

January 23, 1944 February 23, 2021
Richard Paul Kaiser
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Richard P. Kaiser (January 23, 1944 – February 23, 2021)

Richard “Dick” Paul Kaiser of Brighton, Michigan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 23, 2021. He was 77 years old.

Dick was born in Detroit, Michigan. As a child he excelled in school and had to help out around the house to support his family. While a young teenager he pedaled papers to earn money to help support his family financially, so there was no time for him to participate in sports or extracurricular school activities. His family dog, Patsy, would even accompany him on his paper route. This is about the time his love for animals, and even more specifically dogs, began.

During the summer of 1965 he met Sharon LaVerge in Port Austin, MI. They fell in love and at the end of the next year they were married in December 1966. Shortly after getting married, he was drafted into the Army and proudly served two years while stationed in West Berlin, Germany. In West Berlin he drove a jeep for an officer. Sharon accompanied him to Germany and during his military leave time they really enjoyed traveling Europe together in their little Volkswagon bug.

His interest in math and science led him to become an engineer at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan. In his spare time he enjoyed playing softball, cards and bowling with his friends from work. He even appeared on the television game show, “Bowling for Dollars.” In the early 1970’s he and Sharon moved to a house on Highland Lake in Hell, Michigan and shortly after began a family. Having two children, Eric and Laurie, he was a very devoted father, loving husband and truly enjoyed spending time together with family. He shared his love for the outdoors with his wife and kids and they enjoyed boating, camping, hiking and fishing. As his children started participating in sports he loved attending their games and competitions – he rarely missed their sporting events including “away” games. While his children were still young he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Although this limited his physical capabilities, he still remained sharp as a whip mentally and kept a very positive and optimistic outlook on life. The silver lining to his MS limitations was that he was able to spend more time with his children as they were growing up.

In 1996 he and Sharon had a house built in Brighton, Michigan customized to meet his physical needs. While living there he enjoyed being on a quiet street with a beautiful wetland area abundant with wildlife behind their house. He was an avid Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and Michigan State sports fan and really enjoyed catching their games on television. Although, the Detroit teams often made it challenging for him watch.

Son of Alvin and Laura Kaiser, Richard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon Kaiser; children Eric Kaiser, Laurie (Colin) Yager; grandchildren Julia, Alyssa and Matthew Kaiser. Richard is preceded in death by his siblings Donald Kaiser and Betty Carter.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, a private family service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, with interment taking place at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to:

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301


Paws with a Cause
4646 S. Division
Wayland, MI

For further information phone 810-229-2905 or visit

Memorial Contribution

Paws With A Cause
 National Headquarters

4646 South Division 

Wayland, MI 49348

Disabled American Veterans

Attn: Gift Processing
P. O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250

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