Richard Megregian passed away on December 20, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 13, 1932, to Kegham and Virginia (nee Jevizian) Megregian. Richard, who was also called Dick, grew up interested in many things, including firecrackers, radios, and photography. He liked to figure out how things worked and enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together again. Dick stayed busy taking pictures of his family and the growing city around him. At an early age, with his honest work ethic, he started delivering newspapers and working at the local Five & Dime store.
Dick graduated from Cass Technical High School and started taking college courses until he was drafted into the Army. He served our country from 1953 to 1955. After discharge, Dick worked his way through college by working at a television repair shop and at Valley Die Cast Co. He earned his engineering degree at Michigan State University, and with his new degree in hand, Dick moved to New York to work at IBM.
Fortunately, he moved back to Michigan to work at Chrysler as a senior project engineer. He spent most of his career working on radios, instrument clusters, and other automobile electronics. He held several patents for different items including the keyless entry remote system.
Dick married Nancy Beaupre in 1971 and they celebrated their Golden Anniversary this year. They were blessed with the birth of two children, Jeanine and Gary, and spent lots of time traveling and camping together, as a family. His grandchildren, Sarah, Anne, and Mason held a special joy for him
Dick had many different interests over the years. He was always researching and learning about something. He even took his love of fireworks and created his own business, which allowed him to put on professional fireworks displays for the Farmington Founder’s Festival for several years. He was also noted for and applauded for his booming fireworks over the Detroit River at the Annual Detroit Riverfront Festivals, as he perfectly coordinated the booming sounds with the Detroit Symphony performance of the famous Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.
Dick loved his family and friends and cherished every moment he spent with them. Whether it was camping at a bluegrass festival, listening to Armenian music, tinkering with his radios, trains, and cameras, or spending time at a lake, Richard loved life and enjoyed it all.
His beloved wife, Nancy Megregian; Dearest children, Jeanine (Paul) Barks, and Gary (Laurie) Megregian; Cherished grandchildren, Sarah and Anne Barks, and Mason Megregian; Parents, The Late Kegham and Virginia Megregian, Dear brother and sister, The Late Paul (Kathy) Megregian, and Barbara Megregian, Also many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends on December 28, 2021, Tuesday from 10 AM until the time of funeral service at 11:30 AM in St. John Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075. US Army Military Honors will follow in the church hall. The entombment will be in Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia, MI.
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