Guss, Rick

Written by David Green.

Donald “Rick” Guss, 65, of Jackson, Mich., died May 12, 2012, at Allegiance Health in Jackson. 

He was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Hudson Mich., the son of Donald Carl and Mildred (Palmer) Guss. He was a 1965 graduate of Litchfield High School and attended Olivet College. He married Lynn A. Rice on Aug. 14, 1966.

He operated Rick’s Family Foods in Morenci, Mich., for 30 years, as well as the former Don’s Market in Litchfield and Camden. Rick also worked in sales for several years and for the 12th Judicial Court Community Service Department in Jackson.

He was very active coaching softball and baseball in the Springport, Morenci and Camden areas.  

In addition to his wife, Rick is survived by two daughters, Teresa (and Steve) Schramm and JoDee (and Chris) Johnston, both of Jackson; one son, Donald Jason (and Heather) Guss of Gaylord, Mich.; two sisters, Joan (and Bill) VanArsdalen of Hillsdale, Mich., and Cheryl (and Ron) Buchler of Grass Lake, Mich.;  five grandchildren, Tyler, Lexie and Helena Schramm and Sutton and Cooper Johnston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dena Brown.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday at the Litchfield United Methodist Church, with Reverends Martin Cobb and Clyde Wonders officiating.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Litchfield.  

Memorial donations are suggested to the Allegiance Health Oncology Department of Jackson.

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