Christopher John Richard, age 62, of East Grand Rapids, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 following a year-long battle from complications post heart transplant. Chris is survived by his wife of 24 years, Meg; daughters, Ann (Rob) Quandt, Emily (John) Monley; sons, Luke and Will; six adorable grandchildren, Chase, Lexi, Luke, Jack, Matthew and Jody; mother, Mary Kay; sister, Julie (Rick) Foust; brother, Mike; many nieces, nephews; and extended family. Chris was preceded in death by his first wife of 14 years, Jody Saunders; father, Ray Richard; and niece, Holly Foust. Chris was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to all. Chris spent many years in the automotive and textile industry, demonstrating expansive knowledge of his field and a passion for his work. Although Chris held various executive positions, his coworkers always viewed him as a friend and helping hand first. Chris was a bona fide outdoorsmen; he was most at peace while hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and playing sports, with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. A perfect evening for Chris was a round of golf, a view of the sunset and dinner with Meg. Chris maintained a youthful, free spirit throughout his life and loved nothing more than to share his newest joke with a family member or friend. Chris was a fierce competitor and a world-class oarsmen, winning 15 national championships on the US Rowing team and competing in the 1980 Olympic trials. A special thank you to Mary Free Bed for their love and support while Chris was in rehab and for giving him a sense of hope and healing. Visitation will be Monday, July 2 from 5-8 PM with Rosary at 5:30 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at 11 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1935 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Rev. Troy Nevins presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Chris’ name to the Mary Free Bed Foundation, 235 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.