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Daniel L. Rivard

Daniel L. Rivard of Grand Lake and Northville, Michigan passed away on September 11, 2022 after residing at Turning Brook in Alpena for the past year. Dan was the only child born to Louis and Margaret (Ricken) Rivard on December 23, 1936 in Detroit.

Dan was a graduate of the Denby High School class of 1955 where he was a championship swimmer.

In the fall of the same year, he was accepted to Michigan Tech University and moved to Houghton. He graduated from Tech in 1959 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. His education took him to Ford Motor Company in Dearborn. He worked in several aspects of Ford including; development of vehicles, light trucks and concept to the customer.

After 35 years of employment, he retired only after being asked to lead Ford’s special vehicle operations, which included NASCAR, Indy Car and Formula 1 racing programs. Dan was able to live his dream cars racing with this job.

As a Tech alumnus, Governor James Blanchard appointed Dan to the MTU Board of Control where he served as Charmain. He was elected to the Academy of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and received an honorary doctorate in 2000.

Dan is survived by his wife Carol of 63 years; daughter, Mary Kay (Bobby) Dore of Breckenridge, CO; and son John (Dan Ferrucci) Rivard of Washington DC

Beck Funeral of Rogers City is making arrangements and there will be no public service.

His wife Carol would like to thank his family and friends for their support and for the love and kindness of the Turning Brook staff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Covenant House of Michigan, covenanthousemi.org or (313)-463-2000. Online condolences can be sent via beckfuneralhome.org

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