66, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on July 11, 2010. Richard was born on April 24, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. He was lovingly adopted by the dear Alfred and Rosemary Funke. He is survived by his two sons Zachary and Benjamin (and devoted girlfriend Cory), sister Kathy of Flint, Michigan, and his longtime companion cockapoo “Niki”. Richard worked as a real estate developer in Downtown Scottsdale for over 30 years and often spoke of his restoration of the historic Charles Miller bungalow home as his greatest achievement – a building that he saved from demolition in 2002. His unique artistic vision was realized through his resourcefulness and innovative spirit. Richard was an avid student of yoga, a collector of automobilia, classic cars, and iconic Old West memorabilia, and lover of eccentric pop art and sculpture. His memory will be cherished by many. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 18th at 10:00 am at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road. Donations can be made to a cancer charity of your choice.
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