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Richard Garten

Richard D. "Dick The Barber" Garten

Sunday, October 24th, 1937 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Richard “Dick the Barber” Garten passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020, in Muskegon, Michigan, at the age of 82.

He was born on October 24, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia. Dick graduated from Scottville High School in 1956. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the Army reserves for six years. He married his high school sweetheart, Rita Nelson, on December 29, 1956. They were married for 60 years before her passing. After the Army, he went to Flint Institute of Barbering and became “Dick the Barber.”

He is survived by his daughters Wendy (Brad) Patterson of Ludington, Kim McDonald (Mike Barnard) of Oxford; his sons Brian Garten of Ludington and Richard (Tina) Garten of Manistee; his loving companion and best friend, Shirley Harden of Manistee; sister, Carolyn Ford; sister-in-law, Shirley Garten; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita Garten; his parents Richard and Beulah Garten; and his two brothers, Bob and Paul.

He was a barber at Dick’s Barber Shop, Manistee; Family Barber Shop, Ludington; and Hart Barber Shop, Hart; for over 60 years. His loves were spending time with his family, cutting hair, meeting new people while barbering, enjoyed traveling with Shirley, attending sporting events, watching football and basketball, and living on the lake. The family will be having a Celebration of His Life sometime in September.

Memorials in Dick’s name may be directed to Hospice of Michigan.

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Chris Morano

Posted at 02:13pm
Great guy, wonderful family. Many fond memories of them taking time with us kids, , making everyone welcome, teaching us and feeding all us neighborhood kids fish and chips when they lived on Elmwood in norton shores. Rest easy reunited in the hereafter. God speed

Shirley Harden

Posted at 01:18pm
There is a great emptiness left in my heart by Dick’s passing. But I am certain that the strength of the love we shared will get me through this. May that deep love honor his memory as I cherish the times we had together. I love you Dick❤️

Dale Sparks

Posted at 12:26pm
Today is such a sad day for me. I have lost a true friend and confident in Dick. A trip to get my hair cut was a pleasure visitation and always shared stories and what was going on in our lives. As I set here with tears running down my cheeks, I also smile a little remembering all the hair cuts including my last one when the shop was still closed because of the covid epidemic and as I drove by, the lights were not on but there was Dick cutting the hair of an old friend. I parked across the street and walked to the center line and just stood there. Dick looked out at me and waved his arm and in I went. Thank you God for steering me down River Street that day, I will always remember it.

Ruth Pratt

Posted at 08:04am
So sorry to hear of Dicks passing, Many memories of taking my four boys to get their hair cut. Always a friendly smile and pleasant conversation. Dicks barber shop is a wonderful place, my husband and sons still go there, and now I take my grandson on occasion. May you find support with your family and friends and the wonderful memories of working along side your father . Ruth Pratt

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