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Kevin Richard Friar



Kevin Richard Friar, age 18 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully Monday, April 2, 2018 while in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Beloved son of DeAnne (Short) and Mike Friar; feisty, wonderful brother to Colleen and Kyle; loving grandson to Pete and Carol Friar and Diane Friar; hilarious nephew, great-nephew and cousin to many; also loyal master to his dog Comet. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Peggy and Jerry Short; aunt Sue Critchfield; uncle Big (Jim Blok), uncle Dick Friar; and cousin Crystal Thomson-Short. Kevin was a senior at Forest Hills Central High School and worked at Kingsland Ace Hardware in Cascade. In spite of his Duchenne muscular dystrophy he was a determined young man and an inspiration to many. Kevin was a smart, sharp witted teenage boy who loved steak dinners, building things and inappropriate jokes. He will be deeply missed. Visitations will be Wednesday, April 11, 5-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 12, 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. S.E., Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 1253 52nd St. S.E., Kentwood, MI 49508. Rev. Peter Vu, Rev. Louis Anderson and Rev. Leonard Sudlik concelebrants. Interment Cascade Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Kevin to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) website at

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