Richard A. Schrage Jr., 75, passed on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Grosse Pointe Farms, surrounded by his loving family.
Rick graduated from Xavier University and joined Ford Motor Company in 1969, where he worked for thirty years. While working at Ford, he served his country for two years in the U.S. Army. After his retirement from Ford, he joined his brother's automotive supply companies, where he worked for thirteen years before retiring permanently to spend time with his family.
Rick was a man of faith, with a particular devotion to Blessed Solanus Casey. It was his faith that sustained him through his battle with cancer.
He was most proud of his family and enjoyed being part of a large family. He was a "car guy" who loved to share his passion for cars with his kids, grandkids, and nieces and nephews. When he wasn't working on his cars, he enjoyed boating. He spent many years racing his sailboat on Lake St. Clair, and later, fishing and cruising the Great Lakes with his kids and grandkids. Another favorite pastime he developed in recent years was writing poetry. He often wrote whimsical poems for special family events that reflected his great sense of humor.
Rick is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan; son, Michael (Therese) Schrage; daughters, Jeannie (Scott) Wilcox and Katherine (Trent) English; grandchildren, Henry, Luke and Holly English, and Anderson and Annie Wilcox; sisters, Elizabeth Schrage and Patricia (James) Sterba; brothers, David Schrage, Robert Schrage, and John (Jeannie) Schrage; sisters-in-law Julie Schrage and June Schrage, and many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Helen Ann Schrage, and his brothers, James Schrage and Peter Schrage.
Funeral services will be on Friday, February 3, 2023, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, with visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
1820 Mount Elliott Street
Detroit, MI 48207
17330 Quincy Street
Detroit, MI 48221
My sincere sympathy to the Schrage family at Richard's passing. Prayers for his soul and for all of his family. May he rest in peace.
Rick was a good man from a good family that built a good life and a good family. "No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods." Socrates.
On behalf of the Capuchin brothers I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Richard. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of his life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Schrage family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Richard.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these small things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
Hugs, Char Pike
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