KUCIEMBA Richard Nicholas
of Clarkston, formerly of Fenton, passed away March 24, 2016 at 83 years of age. Loving husband of Helen for 61 years; beloved father of Denise Arpke and Stephen (Brenda) Kuciemba; grandfather of Laura (Joel), Brian, Amy (Kevin), Sara (Christian), and Gabe; great grandfather of Grayson, Lucy, Troy, and one on the way; brother of Florence Gurr and Carol (Bill) Schmidt. Richard was a veteran of the US Army-Korea. As an accomplished musician he played in the US Army Band. He retired from the GM Proving Grounds in 1987 after 30 years of service. Richard was a handiman; gardener; and a car enthusiast; but most important to him was his music. Richard played the clarinet and saxophone in many bands over the years in Ohio, Michigan and Arizona, always with his wife on the dance floor. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Family will receive friends Tuesday 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM at COATS FUNERAL HOME – CLARKSTON, (8909 Dixie Hwy) and Wednesday at church 9:30 AM until mass.
Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Daniel Catholic Church, 7010 Valley Park Dr., Clarkston.
Interment later at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Clarkston.
Carl & Denise Perkovichq
We are so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Our condolences to you and your family!
We have such wonderful memories of both of you coming out to our Sky Ranch Party here in California and listening to Dick play his Sax and Clarinet.
Mel and Pauline Stodola
My heart goes out to your family, may you find some comfort knowing that prayers from friends are with you during this difficult time.
'A true gentleman and an elegant
musician who could step into any band and immediately become an integral part of it. Only a few can do that.
I missed Dick not being in Arizona this year and was shocked to hear of his Death. He was a great musician and friend for many years.
Mary and I will put the family on our prayer list during their time of grieving.
What is also intersting I had just posted a couple days ago me playing with Dick, Waler Ostanek, Verne Meisner,Gaylord Klancnik in Sault Ste. Marie, I enjoyed playing with Dick in Arizona...God took another great Musician......
John and Mary Smoltz
Vera & Dave Malkowski
Steve, we are very sorry to read about your Dad. You're in our thoughts and prayers at this most sad time. Vera & Dave Malkowski
Dear Helen and family
So sorry for your loss. I am in Fl so I cannot attend services
Ron & Barb Krainz
To Helen and family,
Dick was a fine musician who played with so many bands including ours, The Karousels out here in Arizona. His talents on sax and clarinet will be missed by all of us. We are blessed to have known both of you.
Frank and Jerry Bregar
I was my extreme pleasure to know and jam with Dick at the Southwest Polka Parties in Las Vegas. Dick was my "polka" mentor and I am sorry that I did not have a chance to jam with him more often. Our sincere condolences to Dick's family. He will be missed.
Joanne & Bob Page
We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was such a great person. He will be joining all the wonderful musicians we have lost. What a great Polka Band they must have in Heaven. Wishing you the strength to get through this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kathy & Frank Desrochers
Denise and family,
We were sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather who has gone from the arms of love to the Arms of LOVE. Keeping all of you in our prayers.
Dear Helen, Denise and Steve,
I was so sorry to read about Dick's death. I'm sure you all have very special memories that will help you through the difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Helen and Steve - Remembering our days of involvement in the band at Linden High School years ago. So very sorry to see this news. God bless and give you strength and peace as you move through these next days.
My favorite part of Fall every year is seeing Laura and her Grandparents at the Union's Octoberfest. He was an incredible musician and a wonderful man. My heartfelt condolences to the Kuciemba family. Polka music will never be the same!
Dear Helen, I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I know he was the love of your life. You had an amazing 61 years together, and you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.