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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
Fax: 269-965-5148
Richard Sass

Richard J. Sass

Sunday, October 1st, 1933 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Richard Sass, 86, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after a year-long illness.
Richard (Dick) was born in Lake City, Minnesota on October 1, 1933. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1951-1954 during the Korean War. After his service, he attended Winona State College where he met his wife, Jean Ann Kreckow. He graduated with his teaching degree and in 1960 moved his family to Battle Creek where he began his career at Dudley Elementary School. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University, where he also did post-graduate work.
Dick served the Battle Creek Public Schools for 34 years, as a teacher, Community Schools Director and the long-time Principal of Franklin Elementary School. After retiring, he was elected to the Battle Creek Public School Board, where he served for 12 years as a trustee and Board President. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Throughout his life, Dick had a passion for U.S. History, always reading another book to learn even more. He instilled this love of learning and curiosity in his children, often engaging them in robust discussions of current events around the dinner table which fostered in them a respect for critical thinking and debate. He, along with his wife, Jean, had a love for travel and took their children on many summer camping trips to numerous national parks across the United States, including a memorable trip to Mt. McKinley (Denali) National Park in Alaska.
Dick was an avid golfer, and member of Binder Park Golf Course. He enjoyed playing golf with both of his sons-in-law on Charlie’s League for over 30 years, as well as golfing with his good friends. He also enjoyed hunting and scuba diving with his sons.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Leah Sass; his sister, Joanne Zuehlke; and brother, Daniel Sass. He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Jean (Kreckow) Sass, their four children, Richard (Kim) Sass; Michael (Stephanie) Sass; Joni (Dr. Jeffrey) Jones and Tammi (Thomas) Lawrence as well as nine grandchildren – Trisha Sass, Carrie (Jayeson) Tkac, Paul (Kristina) Jones, Dr. Brian Jones, Andrew (Anna) Lawrence, Gregory Sass, Megan (Dan) Ribas, Dr. Sarah Jones and Matthew Sass. Dick is also survived by eight great-grandchildren – Riven, Lauren, Lily, MJ, Jack, Jimmy, Joey and Isla and by brothers James Harlan (Audrey) Sass, Lee (Kathy) Sass and Steve (Linda) Sass and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 4-7:00 p.m. at Bachman Hebble Funeral Home. A Memorial funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Following the Mass burial of cremated remains will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to First Tee c/o Binder Park Golf Course. Arrangements by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service Inc. (269)965-5145
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    61 North 23rd Street
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017
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    Memorial Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Rev. Father Andrew Raczkowski
  • Interment

    Memorial Park Cemetery
    2435 West Territorial Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
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    Burial of cremains at Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the Mass.
  • Reception

    Riverside Country Club
    245 East Columbia Avenue
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
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Jeffrey Welch

Posted at 07:52pm
Mr Sass was principal at Franklin Elementary School when I attended there. His demeanor, patience and kindness was what I remember about him. As he'd walk around the playground during recess, sharply dressed in his trenchcoat and shiny wingtips, 7, 8, sometimes 9 kids would be gathered around him. Something just made us kids want to be near him. Maybe it was because we knew how much he cared, or because we felt protected.
I remember seeing him punt a football a few times, you couldn't tell me it wasn't headed straight to the moon!

My daddy was a janitor at Franklin School for several years. He and Mr Sass had daily and routine interactions. I'll say even a friendship.
Daddy was never treated with anything less than respect, dignity and as a man. That meant a lot to Daddy. It meant a lot to me, too. Thank you, Mr Sass.

Sending prayers for strength and healing to the family and friends.

Rayetta Austin

Posted at 06:36pm
Mr Sass was such a great Principal who made a difference in so many lives. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. Condolences and prayers to everyone near and dear to him🥰

Felicia Welch-Reevers

Posted at 04:28pm
Mr. Sass was my principal in the late 60s/early 70s at the old Franklin School where my father was also the custodian. He was a good friend to my family and a great principal. I saw him last before leaving Michigan during the open house of the renovated high school, where he gave both my sister and me big hugs and reminisced about the old days. He cared about people and I'm glad I got to know him. Sending heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Sass family.

Andrea Wilkey

Posted at 07:17pm
You will be missed..u tought me alot of growing up. I spent alot of time in your office.

Chip Gwillim

Posted at 02:52pm
Such a Great man. He was a great role model of what a boss, father, and friend should be. I will miss him greatly. My prayers go out to Jeanie and the rest of his family I am so sorry for your loss. He made a major difference in the world by just being part of it, and will be missed by many.

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