Rick S. Pertics

Rick S. Pertics
Oct. 13, 1951 - May 13, 2013
LaPAZ — Rick S. Pertics, 61, passed away Monday morning, May 13, 2013 at the farm from injuries sustained in an accident. Rick was the co-owner of Pertics Blueberry Plantation in LaPaz. He was born Oct. 13, 1951 in South Bend to the late Ernest R. and Gloria J. (Melton) Pertics. Rick lived all of his life in LaPaz and Plymouth. Rick and Cindy married March 7, 1987 in LaPaz.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Cindy, and their four children, Diana (Ward) Stevens, Donna (A.J.) Pratt, Debbie (Kim) Krauhs, and David (Natasha) Spake, all of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Valerie (Arch) Milani of South Bend; mother-in-law, Nancy Bronstrup of Wolcottville; and two nephews, Ben (Lori) Milani and Luke Milani, both of Mishawaka.
Rick proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy. He was a member of the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association. One of his greatest joys was sharing time with his grandchildren and nephews on the farm. Rick was an avid Notre Dame and Chicago Bears fan.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan St., Lakeville. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6600 Covington Road, Fort Wayne on Friday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rick S. Pertics may be donated to Farm Aid, 501 Cambridge St., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.