Rick Willinger

Profile Updated: March 4, 2017
Rick Willinger
Residing In: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Susan
Occupation: Senior Architect, AMDG Architecture, Grand Rapids, MI, Founder and President of The Laminin Group
Children / Grandchildren Matthew, born 1975 - 4 sons
Ryan, born 1976
Corey, born 1979 - 3 sons
Julie, born 1979 - More…2 sons + (infant son Will who resides in Heaven)
Eric, born 1985 (our special son with Down Syndrome)
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Spent two+ years in college then went through a carpentry apprentice program. Married in 1971 and later divorced in 1981. Remarried in 1983 to my wife Susan. After working as a carpenter for 7+ years I decided to pursue an architectural career I always wanted and became a Registered Architect in 1989. The first firm I worked for was SSOE, (Samborn, Steketee, Otis and Evans) in Toledo and later moved to Grand Rapids, MI where I worked for a several other firms while continuing to sharpen my carpentry and builder skills working part time and also full time as a self employed design/build contractor for a few years. I was laid off in 2009 when the economy went south and later founded The Laminin Group in 2012, a nonprofit corporation devoted to establishing an inclusive, collaborative and intentional community for families and their children and adults with and without developmental disabilities which consists of single, mufti-family and assisted living residences, retail training center, research and development, recreational facilities and a non-denominational spiritual center. My wife retired from teaching in 2014 when we decided to journey to Prescott, Arizona and pick up where we left off in Michigan with The Laminin Group.

School Story:

I think my most memorable school story, (not that it is necessarily a good memory), is that I was cut from the football team when I was a sophomore at Bowsher because George M. said I was too small. Well I think George would be quite surprised if he saw me today. For some unknown reason I don't think George was very fond of me, (?), as I was also chosen to be the unfortunate guinea pig to feel the wrath of his new paddle. I think I still have welts on my rear end. I'm not sure where George is now but for the record, "I forgive you George", and if you have passed may you rest in peace (a....h...)!

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I lost track of Pat in 1968 and tried to connect numerous times. We were Frat brothers at UT. Well now that I know where he is, may he Rest In Peace and I pray the end was painless!

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Posted on: Nov 06, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Hey Rick,
I just made my first visit to Prescott two weeks ago. What a cute town! Of course we visited the famous Palace Bar & restaurant on "Whiskey Row". Great ambience. I was there with my two sisters. We did a day trip to Flagstaff & Prescott when sister Linda visited from FL.
I may be back in Jan with friends for a week end. Will let you know. Would love to say hi to you & your wife.

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