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“Linda and family,I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Hugs to you and all of your family during this difficult time.John and Lanie ”
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“Richard was my brother-in-law for many years (during my marriage to his wife Arlene's brother.) I remember Richard with fondness. He was what I call...Read More »
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“Richard was my brother/ in /law for many years (during my first marriage to Arlene s brother )--- Richard was what I call A GOOD MAN -- he was...Read More »
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Richard Lewis Janks, age 78, died Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren. Richard was born July 9, 1939 in Detroit, son of the late Elmer Lewis and the late Thelma Lois (nee Konneker) Janks.

At the young age of 24 years old, life was just beginning to take flight for Richard when a diversion called the Vietnam War changed everything. Our country called his name and Richard answered with pride to become a soldier in the U.S. Army. Serving from April 1963 thru April 1965, he ultimately attained the rank of Specialist 4 and was assigned the duties of cook. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we honor Richard for his service to our country and extend our posthumous gratitude for stepping up when America called.

Ironically, upon Richard's entry to military service, the Army had inquired whether or not he would like to serve as a meat inspector,…to which he graciously declined. Richard was happy to be a cook, and word is that he prepared a world-class pot of spaghetti! Though he passed up the meat inspector offer with the Army, another telling irony regarding the career path Richard chose is that it was the meat industry that drew his interest and becoming a butcher was the goal before him. With esteemed pride following a long and successful career in meat cutting, Richard finally accepted his well-deserved retirement, saying his farewells as a loyal and dedicated butcher at the Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Richard met the love of his life in the Spring of 1968 on a blind date, having been arranged by a caring friend. It didn't take long for the spark to become a flame, and it was just three months later that Richard and Arlene exchanged their vows of marriage and became husband & wife on July 29, 1968. The two would share almost 50 years of marriage.

Richard was a huge movie buff. Not only would he and Arlene go to see movies on the big screen, he would most often buy the movies when they were released on video. Richard had a massive movie collection that incorporated hundreds of titles. He and Arlene also enjoyed spending time at the Motor City Casino, giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money. Yet sadly, it was a pastime that became harder to enjoy as Richard's health failed.

Being born in Detroit, Richard was a devout hometown sports fan and was especially fond of the Lions and the Tigers. In his earlier years, he attended games regularly for both teams. But later in life he was content to enjoy the games from the comfort of his home and easy chair.

Richard was the loving husband of Arlene. Dear father of Linda D. Lenk (John Los), Nancy C. Garris, Robert L. Janks and the late Susan M. Smolen (Dec. 23, 2009). Beloved brother of Sharon (Jerry) Moses and Rosemary Janks. Grandfather of Jennifer (Cory) Shelton, Jason (Jeannie) Lenk, Kyle Garris and Kendal Garris. Great grandfather of Caleigh Tear, Samantha Lenk, Gavin Lenk, Aiden Lenk and Paige Shelton.

Richard's Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 9:30 am until time of the Memorial Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church - St. Dorothy Site, 12255 Frazho Rd., Warren, MI 48089.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, Michigan.

Please share memories at Richard's guest book above.