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Richard “Dick” Intrain




Humane Society of West MI

3077 Wilson NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49534


St. Jude Children’s Hospital

501 St. Jude Pl

Memphis, TN 38105

Richard Intrain; Golf Professional, went home peacefully on the morning of July 20, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Sperstra Intrain; and his parents, Louis and Severa Intrain. Richard is survived by his son, Gregg Intrain (Golf Professional), and daughter-in-law Emily Intrain (accomplished golfer by marriage); brother, John Intrain; nieces, Andrea (Intrain) Gravley, Sara (Intrain) Chilelli, Emily (Intrain) Chilelli, and Laura (Intrain) Filar. Dick turned pro in 1959 after his stint in the US Air Force.  He worked at a number of golf clubs in Florida and Michigan including Tequesta, Battle Creek Country Club, Lake Doster, Deer Run and Ionia Country Club.  His final club affiliation was Silver Springs Shores Country Club where his best friend Val Johnson is head Professional. Dick was an exceptionally long hitter and possessed a world class bunker game.  His playing credits include numerous PGA tour and Senior PGA tour events.  He was a gifted teacher of the game and loved being on the range.  If he saw someone struggling, he would always stop and offer some help. Next to his family and pets, he simply loved the game of golf. He was also a life-long Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.  His perfect day was 2-3 hours of range time, a late morning round, a Cubs win in the afternoon and then one of mom’s roast beef, potatoes and gravy dinners. Through the grace of God, we are sure he is enjoying that right now. A celebration of life and mass of Christian burial will take place on August 9, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Parish, Parnell, MI at 2pm with visitation one hour prior. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Center. In lieu of flowers please donate to Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. I worked with Dick at Amway many years ago before he retired, sorry to hear of your families loss. Dick gave my husband and I both golf lessons at a club near Ionia many many years ago and he definitely loved the game.

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