Richard Victor Jasinski, 54, of Whiteland, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2015, while vacationing in Hawaii.

He was born Nov. 7, 1960, in Chicago, and graduated from Tinley Park High School in Chicago. He earned his associate’s degree from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

Rich was a 30-year employee of General Motors, beginning his career at the Fisher Body Plant in Chicago, and a member of the United Auto Workers. He was employed as a journeyman WEMR/master mechanic/electrician.

During his career, Rich worked at GM plants in Chicago, Indianapolis and most recently in Marion.

Rich was a volunteer first responder with the Grant County Emergency Management Agency under the Department of Homeland Security. In the past, he worked as both the deputy director and the acting director of the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency.

He was a trained National Weather Service weather spotter, had his ham radio license and taught basic life support and instructor courses for the American Heart Association. He was a certified locksmith and a leader in the Christian Scouting group Trail Life USA for Whiteland Troop IN0515.

Rich was a member of Grace Assembly of God in New Whiteland.

He enjoyed cruising, land travel, snorkeling, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, firearms, movies and geocaching. He also enjoyed music, especially jazz. He had a love for reading the Bible and studying biblical prophecy.

Polish was Rich’s first language. He enjoyed being bilingual and celebrating his family’s Polish heritage.

Rich leaves behind his loving family, including his wife, Jayne (Green) Jasinski of Whiteland, whom he married on Aug. 25, 2001; parents, Jan and Zdzislawa (Galajda) Jasinski of Greenwood; two sons, Jonathon Jasinski of Lansing, Illinois, and Alexander Jasinski of Whiteland; one daughter, Katherine (Jasinski) Kleber and her husband, Tim, of Bourbonnais, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jasmine Jasinski, Timothy Kleber, Ruby Kleber and Abbi Kleber; and three nephews, Parker Sanders, Caleb Sanders and Ethan Sanders, all of New Whiteland.

A celebration of life and life eternal service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Assembly of God, 6822 U.S. 31 North, New Whiteland. An informal, closed casket visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Attendees are requested to wear Hawaiian attire. In honoring Rich’s wishes, he will be cremated, and his ashes buried at sea as part of the formation of a new, living coral reef.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to AngelCare Inc., P.O. Box 1454, Greenwood, IN 46142.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at jessenfuneralhome.com.