Richard Mitterling

Richard Alan “Rich” Mitterling, age 61, of Charlotte entered into the presence of his Savior on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Rich was born February 11, 1961, in Warsaw, Indiana the son of Jim and Pat (Henley) Mitterling. He graduated from North Miami High School in Denver, Indiana in 1979. On May 26, 1984, he married the love of his life, Laura Ann Jerrils in Grand Rapids. Rich attended Anderson College where he graduated in 1984. After receiving his bachelors, he continued to pursue his education and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Anderson School of Theology in 1987. Rich was a man of God in the truest sense of the word. He faithfully served Jesus Christ throughout his life. Rich served as pastor at North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek, Elwood Church of God in Elwood, Indiana, Lapaz Church of God in Indiana, South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte, First Congregational Church in Vermontville, Centre Avenue Church of God in Portage, and West Benton Church in Charlotte. He also served as a hospice chaplain where he was able to compel the love of Christ to those in need. Rich was a selfless man and was always concerned about the needs of others before his own. He was extremely gentle, loving, and generous to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Rich adored his family and cherished each and every one of them. He was a gentle shepherd who fulfilled his God-given call to serve others.
Rich is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura; children: James (Anna) Mitterling of Alpena, Jennifer (Mitchell) Holt of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: Connor, Carter, and Kaylin; parents, Jim and Pat Mitterling of Akron, Indiana; siblings: Stan (Carol) Mitterling of Akron, Indiana, Randy (Susan) Mitterling of Noblesville, Indiana; sister-in-law, Linda (Bill) Bostwick of Wahalla, South Carolina; brothers-in-law, Rick (Barb) Jerrils of Lake Wales, Florida, Chuck (Lorri) Jerrils of Sparta; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Mitterling.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Pennway Church of God, 1101 E. Cavanaugh Road, Lansing, MI 48910, with Pastor Doug Irving officiating. The family received friends on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Rich’s memory to The Gideons International or Phil Waldrep Ministries-Pastors Encouragement Retreat, 226 Moulton St. East, Decatur, Alabama 36061.
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