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Rick A. Medlen
January 25, 1953 - May 23, 2015
Rick Medlen was born on January 25, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. Rick was a natural born leader. Rick’s kindergarten teacher noted he could make anyone want to do what he wanted to do.
He joined the Boy Scouts of America at age eight and advanced through the ranks, earning his Eagle Scout award in 1971 and later earning his Wood Badge award.
Rick’s devotion to the Boys Scouts of America was more than just a hobby. His leadership abilities, planning and organizing skills, and his passion for preparing young men for adulthood all lent themselves to his 44-year involvement with Scouting. He started a Cub Scout pack at Maria Montessori Center. Rick was Scoutmaster of Troop 263 in Farmington Hills for over 20 years, during which he coordinated numerous campouts, Scouting activities and community service events. He planned and hiked six treks to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where they backpacked for ten days through the southern Rocky Mountains. One of Rick’s proudest achievements was guiding 38 Scouts to the rank of Eagle. His impact on the lives of so many young boys shows his devotion to his belief that the Scouting can play an integral part of a youth’s development.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 27, 5-8 pm and Thursday, May 28, 2-8 pm at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Rick’s life will be celebrated at a funeral service on Friday, May 29, 10 am, at Antioch Evangelical Lutheran Church, 33360 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Lutheran Church, to Boy Scout Troop 263 (memo: Rick Medlen Memorial Fund), c/o Patrick Ahern, 30570 Fox Club Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, or to the charity of your choice.
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