Richard D. “Dick” Lyman

March 06, 1931 ‒ August 29, 2018

Chesterville, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Richard Doyle Lyman, “Dick”, of Chesterville, was called home to be with the Saints after a courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 6, 1931, in Mansfield, Ohio, to the late JB and Emily Mae (Turner) Lyman.  Dick attended elementary school in Mansfield before moving to the Chesterville area and graduating from Chesterville High School with the class of 1949.

Soon after high school Dick began a work career at HPM in Mt. Gilead.  His career was interrupted when he was drafted into military service in 1952, serving in the United States Marine Corp.   Upon his return in 1954 he resumed his work at HPM, where he retired in 1996.  Dick would share his experiences and defend the honor of the Marines at the monthly breakfast meeting of the so called:  “McHales Navy Breakfast Club”.

January 21, 1968, Dick married Florence (Kunze) and for over 50 years shared a life in partnership and love.  The two honeymooned in Niagara Falls, NY.  Dick and Florence, (known as “Torency” by her family) enjoyed traveling around this great country and would share their journeys with the family through pictures.  Dick was notorious for remembering the details of the trip especially if it involved a visit to a WWII museum or an airport.

Dick was a member of several tractor clubs including, The Silver King of Yesteryear, Morrow County Antique Tractor Club, Mansfield Iron Will Club and the B.F. Avery Collectors and Associates.  He could be found searching for his treasures at local auctions and would tease that Florence needed another project.  He amassed a beautiful collection of Silver King Tractors and spent his retirement career restoring them.

Dick volunteered his service to the Morrow County Habitat for Humanity, being part of at least six builds.

Dick was a servant of the Lord and attended Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.  There he served the church as a Trustee and on numerous committees throughout the years.  One can only imagine the hours he spent in service to the church.  Through his presence, he brought joy into the lives of many others.  He will be dearly missed.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Dean and Donald.  He is survived by his wife, Florence, brother, Dale (Pat) and many nieces and nephews who have lost their beloved “Uncle Dick”.

His family will greet friends from 2-5 p.m on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel (67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, OH 43338). A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, September 3, at the Harmony United Methodist Church, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Sue Antolik officiating (3994 County Road 20, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338).   Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville with Military Honors provided by V.F.W. Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the Harmony United Methodist Church.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Dick’s Family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Florence, and all of your family—-Our hearts are heavy! We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s death. I can’t begin to recount the influence he’s had on my life—taking me and my brother to gospel-singing concerts in Columbus when we were kids; being my MYF adviser; just being a loving and kind church family member—he was a dear, dear friend. Rick and I send our sincere condolences. May God bless you in the days ahead.

  • Florence and family: I should’ve proof-read my note to you. I fear dear Dick, as well as his friend Mabel Wells Burns, would wonder why I used the incorrect grammar. I certainly know I should’ve said “taking my brother and me to gospel-singing concerts in Columbus when we were kids” not “taking me and my brother….” Probably a small issue—but I wanted to correct my error. Know that our love, thoughts and prayers surround you as you mourn the death of dear, dear Dick. —Laura

  • Dear Florence and family,
    Dick was a great influence on our whole family, especially our sons, mentoring at Habitat work sites. He and Dale and the rest of the over the hill gang were invaluable to the success of Morrow County Habitat. When children do not want to learn from their parents, God puts strong mentors in their lives. Dick was that man for our sons. They both use the skills and values they were taught by Dick. Your friendship through the years has meant the world to us. /with love and prayers from the whole Porter family.

  • Florence and family,
    It would be almost impossible for me to exaggerate the influence Dick had on my early life and faith.
    A sincere and winsome Christian gentleman, whom I will surely miss.
    You have my deepest sympathy at this time of your loss.

    Steven K. Brown

  • Florence,
    Gary will miss his ‘discussions’ with Dick at the family gatherings; once a farmer, always a farmer. (do you suppose God allows them to till the soil of heaven?) So glad you had 50+ years together.

  • So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was my Sunday School teacher for many years while I lived in Morrow County, and even a few times when we came back for the breakfasts, and went to church and Sunday School. It would be hard to find a person who lived a better life of Christianity. God bless and may you find peace.

  • Sincere hugs to all…Florence, Pat and Dale, plus family.
    Many fond memories abound concerning the days at CHESTERVILLE SCHOOL WITH OUR CLASS OF 49 ers. Dick had a generous heart and shared his Labor and Concern with those in need. My heartfelt sympathy at this time.
    Ramona Mercer (one of 17 – 49ers)

  • I so remember working with him at HPM- such a great guy… so very sorry for your loss.. Jerry Webb

  • Our prayers go out to family and friends. We are thankful to have crossed paths many times with Dick and enjoyed his Christian witness and friendly greetings.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember his kindness. You are all in my prayers.

  • We lost a “Good One” there. After I lost my father as a teenager Dick not only provided support but also included me in many trips, events, and shows. He tried to steer me to the strait and narrow–but we all know how that worked out!
    One of my favorite rememberances was when Dick came back from military service and someone would comment on his Army service he would correct “That’s the MARINES, Ma’am.”

    Duane Rogers

  • We will miss Dick at the Navy Breakfast. His presence was always felt and had many points of interest to share. I am thankful that through faith in Christ we will have the opportunity to meet again. My prayer and sympathy are with his family.

  • Florence and family we are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We enjoyed you both coming to Edison UMC Steak Suppers. May God Bless you all with beautiful memories he left with you.

  • Florence and family
    Memories precious memories!
    Hold those memories close to your hearts.
    Dick was a good friend and quiet the jokester.
    When the 49ers had their monthly luncheon he would always ask the waitress for eldberry tea or
    pie and watch to see if she knew what eldberries were. Good by old friend and God spead!

  • Florence and family:
    We are so saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. He was a hard worker, strong man of faith and fought the good fight. We always enjoyed our visits. Such a kind,
    caring, fun & friendly guy. HPM’ers and church neighbors. Always keeping an eye out for our church next door. You two were good for each other. May the Lord comfort you and bless you. Our prayers and deepest sympathy.
    Dale & Marsha

  • This kind and gentle servant will be greatly missed by those at Harmony and in the entire community surrounding it. His welcoming smile was always something I looked forward to when ever I was able to visit. Words cannot express how very sorry we are for Florence and the entire Lyman family. Take comfort in knowing he is now serving in the prescence of the One he served so faithfully served here on Earth.

  • Speaking for the entire Gene Foster family, we have truly lost a Harmony Chapel blessing. He was Sunday School Superintendent when Lesa, Steve and I were growing up and we have nothing but fond memories and respect for him. He was a shining example of all thing Christian and we are so blessed to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Florence and the entire Lyman family. A life well lived good and faithful servant.
    Gene & Betty Foster
    Vickie & George Noltensmeyer
    Steve & Jan Foster
    Lesa Stone

  • I told my son Ben this morning that I read Dick’s obituary. He began to recount fond memories, first mentioning his Silver King tractors. Pastor Joe loved this gracious man and treasured his friendship. He was grateful for his watchful eye on the church property next door. Now Dick knows in full the impact his life has had through his faithfulness and godly example. Grace and peace to your family as you adapt to this loss. May love and laughter be what you remember most.
    Rachel and Ben Blevins

  • Dick was the most honest man I have ever known. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with him for 20 years @hpm.May the the lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time. My sincere condolences

  • Goodbye old friend. Those of us who worked with you and knew you will miss your humor and work ethic. R.I.P. Dick a life well lived.

  • Aaron and I are so sorry to learn of this. We knew Dick through his love of tractors. I would like to think that God has given him the job of Chief of Tractor Repair. Prayers to the family, especially Sandy. Aaron Smith and Cherie Riggs Smith

  • Dear Aunt Torency and family,
    I am sorry I am unable to attend Uncle Dick’s services. I feel privileged to have had such a great neighbor that was an inspiration to many throughout his life. He influenced and encouraged many people including me through his positive attitude and great determination to keep fighting. He will be missed.
    God bless you all,
    Jan Morr

  • My parents and our family send our deepest condolences and prays in this time. Dick will be missed, he was a good neighbor and friend. God Bless.

  • My parents and our family send our deepest condolences and prays in this time. Dick will be missed, he was a good neighbor and friend. God Bless.


  • Dear Florence, Dale, and all:

    Dick and yourself have been blessing to so many people. Dick’s smile, dancing eyes, and quick humor made one feel special and welcomed. I loved ‘bumping’ into him around the county because he would always add joy to my day and usually give me some joke that I could not wait to share with others. I am truly sorry for the trials you both went through. May God wrap you in peace, the peace that passes understanding, and make you keenly aware of his love for you. May the hope of our salvation and the promise of eternal life sustain you. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love

  • My condolence to the all the family of Dick — especially the Kunze family of
    Pulaskiville. Seems only yesterday Pat and I were making mud pies! I was so sorry
    to hear of another ’49’er passing. You will be missed! Much love to all!
    Margie Fisher Lamb

  • To the Lyman and Kunze family:
    Just found out about Dick. So sorry to hear of his passing. We always enjoyed his presence at the alumni meetings and anywhere else we would happen to see him. Please accept our sincere sympathy.