Richard Ray Hetcel - age 78, of Linden, died Friday, July 19, 2019. A service will be held at a later date. Those desiring may make contributions to Adopt-A-Pet, 13575 Fenton Road, Fenton, MI 48430. Richard was born February 25, 1941 in Flint, the son of Rudolph and Mozell (Payton) Hetcel. He was a 1959 graduate of Hoover High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He married Sharon Joyce Barrett June 2, 1960 in Flint. Richard had resided in Linden since 1978 coming from Flint. He retired in 1993 from GM Truck and Bus after 28 years of service. Surviving are: his wife of 59 years, Sharon; son, Richard (Dina) Hetcel, Jr.; daughter, Tracy Springer; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; siblings, Rudolph (Marie) Hetcel, Harold Hetcel, Johann Marks, and Linda (Bob) White; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his: parents; sons, James and Thaddius Hetcel; and sisters, Sharon Hetcel and Carol Monech. Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.