Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area

John (Rick) Stortz

July 12, 1949 - February 15, 2017

Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area

John Richard (Rick) Stortz, 67, a lifelong resident of Royal Oak, died early Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017.

Rick was born July 12, 1949, in Dearborn, Michigan, to John Sr. and Betty Stortz.  He graduated from Kimball High School in Royal Oak, and later earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.  In the fall of 1973, he met Trudy, and the young couple were married a year later.  Rick and Trudy made their home in Royal Oak, and started a family a few years later, raising two boys, Matt and Jason.

Rick worked for the state of Michigan as an administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services for over 35 years.  He was also active in the UAW local 6000, where he served as union steward for many years.  Rick loved spending time on the water sailing, and was an avid painter as well.  Above all, he truly loved his wife, his boys, his daughter-in-law, Kendall, his future daughter-in-law, Christina, and of course, his two cats.  His kind spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, John R. Stortz, Sr. and his siblings, Mark and Christine.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Trudy; his children, Matt (Christina Roehr) Stortz, and Jason (Kendall) Stortz; his sister, Michelle (Greg) Weig, and his mother, Betty.



Funeral Information

Visitation for Rick will be at the Gramer Funeral Home, 705 North Main Street, Clawson, Michigan 48017, on Friday, February 17, from 2-8pm. 

Funeral service will be the following day, at the same location, at 11am.

Burial to follow the service at Oakview Cemetery.


Visitation:  Gramer Funeral Home

Service:  Gramer Funeral Home

Cemetery:  Oakview Cemetery

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Paul Gramer and his staff were responsible for making my father’s funeral exactly as my mother wanted it. They were attentive to our every need. Their support was a source of great comfort at this difficult time.