Dorothy L. Richey

May 10, 1932 ‒ October 23, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Dorothy L. Richey, age 85 of Delaware passed away peacefully Monday, October 23, 2017 at home.

 She was born on May 10, 1932 in Goshen, Indiana to the late Walter L. and Ethel M. (Spencer) Biller. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her brother Gerald L. Biller.  A 1950 graduate of Goshen High School, she moved to the Delaware area in 1967. For 28 years she worked as the Assistant to the Provost of Ohio Wesleyan University.  Keith Richey and Dorothy were married on March 5, 1988 and together shared 29 wonderful years traveling and caring for each other.

 A woman of strong abiding faith, she served as the children’s choir director for the Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart, Indiana.  She was a member and served as choir director of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo from 1969-1986. In 1990 she became a charter member of the All Shepherds Lutheran Church where she and her husband Keith sang in the choir.

 Skilled with hook and yarn, she crocheted and crafted hats and mittens for People In Need.

For over 8 years she volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Dorothy collected angels, enjoyed Amish country, and traveling.  Many will remember her as meticulous, organized, and detailed in nature. Although self-confident and at times direct, she was also gentle and caring, kind and tender-hearted.

 Dorothy adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Border Collies. She possessed a passion and love for music. Dorothy will be remembered for her beautiful voice and love of music.

 She is survived by her beloved husband Keith, who made her very happy; daughters: Diana L. Davis, Victoria S. Drummond, Cherie L. (Reyff) Gentry; step-daughter: Dianne L. Andruela; step-son: Thomas Reyff; step-daughters: Deborah S. Ebert, Julie A. Swank, Melanie A. Richey, 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, brother: Tim Biller; sister-in-law: Sandra Biller.

 Friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware and from 9:00 – 10:00 on Saturday before the 10:00 funeral service at the All Shepherds Lutheran Church, 6580 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 where Pastor Craig Richter will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to her church’s Music Ministry or Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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  • I am saddened to lose such a respected colleague and valued friend, Dorothy Richey. When I first arrived at OWU, I was amazed by Dorothy’s ability to manage the complex affairs in the Provost‘s office. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of the college and its policies and procedures; she dealt with the continuous stream of demands in that office with poise and good cheer. But even more than her professionalism and competence, I appreciated her kindness, her essential goodness as a person. After her retirement, I valued the chance meetings I had with Dorothy and Keith in the community. And I was happy that she and Keith found each other – they were true soulmates. Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware were better places because of her.

  • Extending our deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time.

    Diana, I like to imagine your mom and both of ours singing in the heavenly choir. Sam’s dad is serenely singing along while mine is cracking jokes and causing chaos in the bass section. It makes me smile every time I think about it.

  • So sorry for your loss. May god be with you at this time in your life. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Dorothy and her husband visited our Sunday school class when RJ and Diana first cane to our church. She was part of the group that encouraged us to go to Israel. They raised at least one lovely daughter who continues to bless. Us with her ministry. May you all find comfort in her blessing. Heaven is shining brighter now. Love to you all.