Creative Works of Richard Waskul


William Richard Waskul - February 13, 1956 - October 21, 2011

This website is a tribute to the works of Rick Waskul of Commerce Township who was born on February 13, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan to Nicholas and Rosalie (nee: James) Waskul, and died of complications from pneumonia on October 21, 2011. He was 55 years old.

Rick is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cheryl; his son Christopher; his parents Nick and Rose Waskul; his siblings Pat (Steve) McDonnell, Nicholas W. Waskul, Pam (Dann) Holmes, Karen (Jeff) Pringle, J. Brian Waskul, and Cheryl (Drew) Schaefer; his mother in law Mary Lou (the late Raymond) Smith; his brothers and sisters in law Sandra (Michael) Brennan, Gerry (Dean) Gidlof, Joyce Smith, Karen (Tim) Runion, and Kevin Smith; 23 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and friends.

Rick was a 1974 graduate of Lee M. Thurston High School in Redford. From there he attended the Center for Creative Studies from 1976 to 1980 where he obtained a B.F.A. in Automotive Industrial Design. Rick worked several years as toy designer and later as an automotive clay modeler. His diverse skills as an artist were expressed through painting, illustrating, sculpting, woodworking, metalwork and jewelry.


He had a great sense of humor (if not somewhat mischievious) and was addicted to telling really bad puns. Rick was a dedicated family man who was always quick to share a hug and a laugh with those he loved.