Richard Aden Gay, age 86 of Cassopolis, Michigan laid down for a nap after an afternoon of mushroom hunting in his woods and awoke in the presence of his Lord and Savior on the evening of April 25, 2021. Richard was born August 15, 1934 in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late Arthur and Sarah (Smith) Gay. On August 27, 1960, he married LaDonna Rehmel at the Cedar Road Missionary Church in Osceola. They celebrated 60 years of marriage.
LaDonna survives, along with their children Denise Breden and her husband Jay of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Evan Gay and his wife Peggy of Elkhart, Indiana and Aden Gay and his wife Lori of Dowagiac, Michigan. Surviving as well are 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, his sister Doris Silveus, and his son-in-law David Kwast. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Kwast and his sister June Fry.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Carl Henry at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Northside Baptist Church, 53198 Co Rd 9, Elkhart, IN 46514. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
Richard was employed for many years by the US Post Office, first as a Postman, and later as a custodian before retiring at the age of 58 ½ years old. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting mushrooms, and working around the house that he built for his family with his own two hands.
Most of all, Richard loved the Lord and led others to Him whenever he could. He enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years and shared a message of hope once a month at Stratford Commons in Elkhart. He also shared his talents by performing in a Gospel Drama group named “Gospel Speaks” for many years. Richard was also blessed with musical talent and played guitar and banjo with several others at Churches throughout the area.
Richard’s grandson David Kwast and his wife Bethanna have followed in his footsteps to further God’s Kingdom and serve as missionaries with Ethos360. In his memory, donations may be made to Ethos360, 312 W. First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Please include a note with your generous donation requesting it be given to the Kwast family.
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