Richard D. “Dick” Mackey

September 02, 1941 ‒ December 15, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Richard D. “Dick” Mackey, 78, of Galion passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion.

Born September 2, 1941 in Galion, he was the son of the late Donald and Ruby (Haga) Mackey.  He married Mary A. (Scott) Mackey on May 27, 1961 and she preceded him on June 18, 2008.

He was a graduate of the Spring Arbor Junior College. Dick worked for the State Highway Patrol from the 1960’s until the 1970’s and then went to work for the Galion City Police Department as an officer where he retired from in 2002 as a Lieutenant . He was a member of the Galion Fraternal Order of Police.

He is survived by three children, Donna (Mike) Hutchison of Willard, Linda (Nathan) Vance of Galion and Dawn Mackey-Wilson of Lenoir City, Tenn.; grandchildren, Rachel (Dr. David) Chambers, Amy King, Emilee Vance and Nicholas Vance; great granddaughter, Roslyn and sister, Patricia (Lloyd) Garverick of Galion.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 with Pastor Steven Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice, Galion Fraternal Order of Police or to Gospel Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Dick Mackey, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • I got to know Dick through the filter of his daughter, Dawn. Talk about a daddy’s girl! I loved Dawn’s stories of her father… he was and still is CLEARLY her hero! As the wife of a former law enforcement officer, I know how much dedication such a career requires and I am so grateful for men like Dick who paved the way!

    Even above his love for the thin blue line was his love of crimson sin washed white as snow by his savior, Jesus. What a beautiful comfort it is to know that while this world has felt the loss of an incredible human being, the world that will remain has gained a permanent tenant who no longer has to feel the burden of a failing body but the arms of a beloved wife and a blessed savior. What a sweet reward to hear, “Well done…”

  • Linda and Donna … I loved your Dad and I am sorry for you both. I love both of you so much.

  • Dawn and family ; I’m very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I pray that God comforts you in this time of sorrow.

  • Our heartfelt prayers are with your family during this very sad time. Although I did not know your father personally, it was apparent through Facebook posts how much you girls loved and adored your Dad. What a lucky man to have daughters who loved and cared for him so much !!! Hugs to all ❤️

  • My mom Eva Gray was best friends with Dicks mother Ruby. She lived across the street from my mom. She always spoke of Richard as she called her son. She was so proud of him. He was a great man and will be missed by many.

  • Sorry for your loss to all your girls and your families. Your Dad was a really nice man, and a great police officer.

  • I knew Dick as my best friend’s dad. Linda (Mackey) We met Dick several times as Linda’s kids grew up with mine. We attended birthday parties for his grandchildren Emilee and Nic. Dick liked talking with my husband at these events as he would talk about his Navy career. God has gained another faithful servant. He will be missed but we will meet again. Praying for family and friends.

  • To Donna and family, please except our heartfelt condolences in the passing of your father, Richard and a dear friend and my cousin. He was really one of the smartest Police officers that I knew and it was great when he came back as a dispatcher, when I was a Lieutenant at the Galion Police Department. It was an honor to work with him. He surely will be missed. Sending hugs and prayers.
    Karl and Pam Anschutz- Brooksville, Florida

  • To the Mackey Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Dick.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dick and I had a lot of things in common. We both were in the Navy, both went to Spring Arbor College and both were city policemen. Joan and I also knew Dkick through his daughter, Linda. An honest true to his word gentleman. God bless and comfort his family at this time in their lives.

  • So sorry for your loss.Your dad was a special guy.Now hes in heaven with Mary an looking down on us !!! Hugs for you girls,God Bless an you are all in my prayers.