Richard Larkins

Obituary of Richard Sebastian Larkins

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Richard Sebastian Larkins or Dick as he was commonly known as was born March 14, 1938, in Monroe, Michigan.  He was the son of Vernon and Margaret (Germani) Larkins. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Monroe, Michigan except when he lived in Anchorage, Alaska. While there he spent several years as an avid fisherman and hunter, and assisted in rescue efforts after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake.   Dick attended Catholic Central High School in Monroe, Michigan, and he had his first job at Danny’s Fine Foods where he also continued to shop at for many years. Unfortunately, Dick never graduated from high school but received his GED while serving in the United States Navy. He was stationed in Bremerton, Washington but was employed to Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. While in the Navy he worked as a ship fitter, pipe fitter and a fireman. Dick received a good conduct medal and was honorably discharged.

On November 22, 1969 in Monroe, Michigan Dick married the love of his life, the former Ms. Carol Bondi and together the couple would be blessed with three beautiful daughters.  Dick provided for the needs of his family by working for Monroe Auto Equipment and as a small business owner of Reliable Hardware before working as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1998 after many years of service. Dick was a member of the United States Naval Service Association and the Rural Letter Carriers Association.

Dick was a fabulous storyteller and had a great sense of humor. He never met a stranger and was adept at engaging any person he met in a good conversation.

Dick was an avid golfer who enjoyed hitting the links at River Raisin Golf Course where he would also work as a ranger before and after his retirement. He loved the outdoors spending time gardening and attending to his tomatoes and clematis plants or enjoying the frogs and koi fish in his backyard pond. He also received recognition in the Monroe Evening News for gardening.  Dick loved food and loved to cook Italian dishes and what made all his dishes delicious was the secret family recipe that went into each dish. Dick, along with his wife and daughter enjoyed snow birding with an RV for several years after his retirement.

Richard “Dick” Sebastian Larkins, age 85 of Monroe, Michigan passed away Saturday March 25, 2023, at the Regency Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. His passing was preceded by his parents; Vernon Larkins and Margaret Doan; his loving wife; Carol Larkins and his stepfather; Kenneth D. Doan.

To cherish his memory, he leaves behind three daughters; Amber Larkins of Erie, Michigan; Jenise (Jason) Fuson and Leslie Larkins of Monroe, Michigan; one granddaughter; Brittney Ellison of Erie, Michigan.

No family services are planned at this time. Richard’s care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street Monroe, Michigan 48162. (734-384-5185. Cremation has taken place through our on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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