Richard Douglas Maples

REED CITY — Richard Douglas Maples, 77, of Reed City, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after a 14-year battle with pancreatic cancer and diabetes.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1938, in Detroit, to Douglas and Mary (Nash) Maples, and was a 1956 graduate of North Muskegon High School where he excelled at basketball. He attended Ferris Institute before becoming employed with the Teledyne Continental Motors in Muskegon as manager of computer operations, and worked for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Reed City Lodge No. 705, a lifetime member of both the NRA and Ducks Unlimited and was affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Reed City. He was an avid duck and deer hunter and enjoyed his fishing trips with friends to Canada. He loved all kinds of sports, including golf, baseball, football and basketball. He also was known to place a few bets on occasion.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Maples; children, Kimberly Black and Brian Maples; step-children, John (Theresa) Ringler, Kerry (Jack) Green, Doug Ringler, and Roxanne Foster; his sister, Linda Carter; and grandchildren, Faith Black, Christian Black, Trevor Green, Seneca Green, Grant Ringler, Fallyn Foster, Macella Foster, and Bailley Foster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Mary Maples; and his brother, William Maples.

Cremation has taken place with a private family celebration of life. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Loyal Order of Moose Reed City No. 705 Scholarship Fund or the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.