Richard Bancroft

July 27, 1937 — January 18, 2021

Richard Bancroft

Richard A. “Rick” Bancroft age 83 of Ovid, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

Private Services will be held with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Rick was born in St. Johns, MI on July 27, 1937, the son of Guy F. and Helen M. (Shatto) Bancroft. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1955. Rick married Retha Ann Jones on June 11, 1960 at her family home in Ovid.

Rick worked for Federal Mogul for 47 years and retired in 2002. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, gardening, casino trips, watching the Detroit Tigers, and collecting sports memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Retha Bancroft of Ovid, MI, children: Rick Bancroft of Lake Odessa, MI, Debbie & Mark Williams of Haslett, MI, and Sue & Mark Horak of Elsie, MI, grandchildren: Brooke & Ivan Harlow of St. Johns, MI, Alexander & Jennifer Williams of Deerfield, IL, Mychael Horak & Jeff Hickey of Ferndale, MI, Marques & Erika Horak of Elsie, MI, Macauley Horak & Evan McPherson of Grand Rapids, MI, Matthew Horak & Michaela Dowling of Leesburg, VA, Ryan Bancroft of East Haven, CT, Ericka Williams & Aaron Munoz of Northville, MI, Madalyn Horak of Elsie, MI, Sarah Bancroft of Grand Ledge, MI, and Maverick Horak of Elsie, MI, 5 great-grandchildren: Roy Harlow, Rylan Harlow, Kalen Williams, Logan Williams and Cooper Horak, sister Kay & Bob Gladstone, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Guy “Stub” Bancroft, and Bill Bancroft and infant son.

Memorials may be made to WOES Radio Station.  Online condolences can be made at  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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