News Release

It is with a saddened and heavy heart that I share with you the news of the passing of Rich Tompkins, July 21, 2015.  Rich will be sorely missed. He was liked and respected by all those who knew him, students in his classroom, the athletes he coached, and the colleagues and coaching families who worked alongside him. Rich’s passing will have a profound impact on the lives of all of us and he deeply cared for everyone.
We can take some solace in the good and lasting work Rich provided to those of us with whom he shared his life. We truly never expect to see his like again.
May Carol and their families know they are in our prays and thoughts during this time of mourning. 
Further information to follow once made available.  
Jim Okler


Richard 'Rich' Diehl Tompkins 
(April 20, 1946 - July 21, 2015) 

Richard 'Rich' Diehl Tompkins Mr.Richard ‘Rich’ Diehl Tompkins, age 69, of Mears, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015. He was born April 20, 1946, in Shelby to Lyle and Evelyn (Diehl) Tompkins. He graduated from Hart High School with the Class of 1964 and went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a BA degree. On December 21, 1974 he married Carole VanDam in Portage, Michigan; they were married forty years. Rich was employed as a school teacher in the Fremont and Reeths Puffer School Districts until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Hart United Methodist Church and very active in coaching, cross country, track & field events. Rich also enjoyed his work at the Oceana Golf Club, as an associate at the King Funeral Home in Hart and also as a driver for Bill and Mac Woods dune rides. 

He was the Executive Director of the Michigan High School Coaches Association for over 10 years and MHSCA board member for over 20 years.  He was inducted into the Muskegon Coaches Hall of Fame, Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame, National High School Coaches Hall of Fame, High School Fremont Athletic Club and the Michigan State University Varsity Club. Rich was very active on church committees, Hart Lions Club, Lighthouse Seekers Group and also as an official for wrestling and track & field events. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Carole Tompkins; sister, Linda (Clem) McLouth of Hart; brother, Charles (Carol) Tompkins of Muskegon; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Eleanor VanDam of Grand Haven; brother-in-law, and David (Helen) VanDam of Portage. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Harvey VanDam, and his sister-in-law, Nancy VanDam. 

The Funeral Service for Mr. Tompkins will be Monday, July 27, 2015, at 11:00 am at Hart United Methodist Church in Hart with Pastor Steve Young officiating. Interment will be in Hart Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at King Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hart and Monday one hour prior the service at the church.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to Hart United Methodist Church, 308 South State Street, Hart, MI 49420, or Oceana County Community Foundation Richard and Carole Tompkins Scholarship Fund, or Newaygo County Community Foundation Richard and Carole Tompkins Scholarship Fund. 

To send flowers or a sympathy card, please use the Expressions of Sympathy.

King Funeral home




The doors to the Michigan High School Coaches’ Association “Hall of Fame” will swing open once more in September 2015.  A formal induction of the Class of 2015 will take place in the Terrace Room of the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

The coaches listed below make up the 2015 MHSCA Hall of Fame inductees:

Tim Baechler Plymouth Canton High School
Daswell Campbell Fitzgerald High School
Stanley Drewno North Adams-Jerome High School
James Fletcher Garden City East High School
John Fowler Grosse Pointe South High School
Robert Miklesh Luther L. Wright High School
John Neumann Mancelona High School
Jim Niebling Portland High School
John E. Osler Orchard Lake St Mary's High School
Debra Price Reading High School
John Springer Onsted High School
Ted Swierad Glen Lake High School
Judd Terwilliger Freeland High School
John Walker Troy Athens High School
Gerald Wegner Hazel Park High School

Tickets may be ordered from Mark Holdren.  He may be contacted by e-mail:


National High School Athletic Association (NHSACA) Award Winners-2014

Marty Crane-Flint Beecher track and field and cross country
Evonne Picard-East Lansing golf

Kathryn Trenary-Mendon-volleyball
John Brainard-Battle Creek Lakeview-golf
Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer-Grand Haven-girls basketball
Scott Marry-Hudson-wrestling
David Chrisinske-Middleville, Thornapple-Kellogg HS-Athletic Director
Tim McDonald-Bay City Western-baseball
Mark Keeler-Tri Unity Christian-boys basketball
Sue Miller-Charlevoix-Special Sports category-skiing
Larry Bulemore-New Lothrop-girls' assistant coach
David Jordan-Concord-boys cross country
Scott Werner-Pewamo-Westphalia-girls track & field
Steve Porter-Milan-girls cc
Deb Norman-Allen Park Cabrini-softball


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