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Rickey Allen Willavize, 67, of Battle Creek died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.

He was born May 25, 1952 in Battle Creek the son of Robert G. and Louise (Brunner) Willavize. Rickey was raised in Battle Creek area and was a 1971 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He was formerly employed at Eaton Corporation in Marshall and prior to that at McGraw Edison in Albion.

Surviving are a daughter, Bobbie Jo Wilson of Ocala, FL; two sons, Richard Sackitt of Defuniak, FL, Scott Willavize of Homer, MI; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Cindy (Garry) Mainstone, Cheryl (Mike) Bock and Becky Wilson all of Battle Creek; three brothers, Gary Willavize of Battle Creek, William Trotter of Battle Creek, Michael (Tina) Sabin of Battle Creek; a very good friend, Richard Gunyan of Battle Creek and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Rickey was preceded in death by two daughters, Candy Potter, Wendy Willavize; his mother, B. Louise (Baker) Brunner; his father and step mother, Robert and Delores Willavize and a brother, Dougy Trotter.

Rickey loved his family. He was a very caring man and shared his love of piano by teaching other family members to play. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, visiting the Casino and playing scratch off tickets. Rickey's favorite book to read was his Bible. He will be remembered as a caring and loving person.

Out of an abundance of caution related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a service for his family will be held later.
Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

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