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“We just heard of Dicks passing, we feel so bad.please accept our deepest sympathy. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Dick & Carol Downer - SUN PRAIRIE, WI

“Amy, Sarah, Brad & families,In this hour of grief, we are praying for all of your families to get through this time with the peace that comes from...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Evan & Dianecisgd Perkins - FL

“So sorry for your loss. We're thinking of you and your family during this heartbreaking time. Peace. The Nickelson Family. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Pam Nickelson - Portland, MI

“Brad, Amy, Sarah, and Family,I have many fond memories of Dick, back in the day. We shared lots of laughs and did some crazy things. Thinking of you...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Sherbeck - Linwood, MI

“Sarah, Mike & Blair,We are incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know you are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Lindsey & Matt Swain - Holt, MI

“Sarah and family--I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I hope your many happy memories are a comfort to you in the days to come. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Janette Ford - East Leroy, MI

“Sara, Amy and Brad,For some moments in life, there are no words. Listen and know we are with you.Treasure your many memoriesJudy and Dick Zielinski ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Sarah, Mike, and BlairWe are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.The Roseth Family ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Sarah, I'm so sorry for your loss. We're all thinking of you and Mike and Blair. XOXOXOX ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Libby Keenan - East Lansing, MI

“May his memory be eternal Sarah & Family. So sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Family of Siradakis - Bay City, MI

“Sarah,While I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, I am sorry for your loss. He raised a wonderful daughter. Be blessed my beloved. Robyne...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“I am thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Amy Webster - Haslett

“Deepest sympathy. May his loved ones finds comfort in God's word in this difficult time. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Much love and prayers to your family during this time of loss. ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Kristin Prokopenko - Chicago, IL

“So sorry for your loss. I met Richard when he was at Health Source loved giving him a hard time and he would do the same. He was a great guy. ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Marilynn Keipert Droptiny - MI

“Dear Family and Friends,My sincere condolences to all those that are feeling the sadness of the passing of Dick.I knew Dick from our many years of...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Pamela Reed (Zook) - Essexville, MI

“So sorry for the loss of your dad. I sure had a great time hearing his funny stories and getting to know him. He will be missed at our clinic....Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Val Bishop - Bay City, MI

“Sarah, Amy, and BradOur sincerest condolences on the loss of your dad. I have so many fond memories of him. Know you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Bobbie Stratton - Palmetto, FL

“Brad and Lisa. So sorry for your loss. During this tough time, know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Chuck and Lori Robinson - MI

“Dick. Will be missed by all in Bay City.You could always know that if you had Shaw's do a job when it was done it was done on time and done right. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Patrick Page - BAY CITY, MI

“We are so sorry for this huge loss. Brad & Lisa , Amy & Ben , Sarah & Mike my heart breaks with you. Words cannot tell how much Dick has meant to me....Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Roger Wesenick - Bay City, MI

“Brad & Lisa, Amy, Sarah & the entire Shaw family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to each of you. We hope good memories...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Cathy (Shotwell) & Mike Flynn - MI

I'll always remember you! “I concider Dick to be my best friend! We've known each other since high school. I will miss him, but will always remember the good time we had...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Craig Kugelman - Fort Myers, FL


Dick passed away Sunday morning, December 4, 2016, with his family by his side, after surgery that could not do what we hoped it would. He was 67 years old. Born on October 4, 1949 to William D. and Grace Arlene "Honey" (Bateson) Shaw, who predeceased him. He grew up in Kawkawlin, graduated from Bay City Handy High School and Western Michigan University, and had three children, Sarah Beth (Michael) Scott, Amy Lynne (Ben) Denay, and Bradley Richard (Lisa) Shaw; seven grandchildren: Blair Scott, Andrew, Brennan and Lauren Denay, Aaden, Alex and Owen Shaw; a sister Marilyn (Fred) Atkari, and a brother Robert (Connie) Shaw. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and the many cousins he enjoyed spending time with; and his lively German Shepard, Dozer. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Elizabeth (Berry) Shaw. Dick's career in building and underground construction started by operating and working at several lumber companies in the Bay City area. In 1978, he started his family business, R.W. Shaw Contracting. He enjoyed making and improving things and used machinery, technology and his imagination to take on projects through Shaw Contracting. Shaw Contracting has grown over the last 38 years, with his business partner, Roger Wesenick and his son, Bradley. He was known to many as a "master storyteller", jokester and unofficial historian. Dick's first love was spending time with his three children, and his seven grandchildren. His favorite hobbies were visiting his job sites, driving his red Mercedes, railroading, and sailing. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and former member of the Bay City Lions Club, Saginaw Bay Yacht Racing Association, Bay City Homebuilders Association, Tri-County Contractors Association, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and Kawkawlin Metropolitan Water District. Dick was one who liked to do things his way (after considering advice and alternatives of course) and experienced a broad range of outcomes – always learning how to make the most of the next opportunity and looking forward. He was courageous and strong as he endured and overcame many health obstacles and was thankful for the 26 years he received from his kidney/pancreas transplant. Some things Dick looked back on with a smile are: the quality work and reputation of Shaw Contracting and their employees; the success of his early projects Sunset Shores Marina, Wheeler Landing with business partners and past partnerships with Pier 7 and Pier 11 marinas; watching his grandkids grow up; and the pride and accomplishments of his three children. The family would like to thank his caregiver/friend, Brandy Hotham; the care of Dr. Andrew LeFluer, Dr. Khetarpal, and Dr. Cherukuri; and the exceptional nursing staff at Covenant Health Care (floor 3 CCU). The family will welcome family, friends and guests to celebrate Dick's life on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Visiting hours will be from 2:00 – 8:00 pm at Penzien – Steele Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Dr. Jeffery D. Weenick will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to The Bay Area Community Foundation to help the family determine the best way to celebrate and honor Dick's memory, his value of education and skills, and generous spirit.