Richard Lynn Pearce

November 20, 1947 ‒ October 15, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Johnsville, Ohio

Richard Lynn Pearce, age 72, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at his home following an extended gradual decline in his health from Parkinson’s disease.

Rick was born on November 20, 1947, in Indianapolis, IN, the oldest of six children of the late Charles Warren and Marjorie Jean (Taylor) Pearce.  In 1954, the family moved to Ohio, and Rick attended Johnsville/Northmor Schools, where he excelled in academics, football, basketball, and baseball.  He graduated with the Class of 1966 from Northmor High School.

Following graduation, he attended OSU-Mansfield then transferred to Indiana Central University (now the University of Indianapolis), graduating in 1971 with a degree in education.  He returned to Ohio and taught at Johnsville Junior High School for 3 years, coaching football, basketball and track.  In 1974, he joined the US Postal Service at the Mt. Gilead office, and worked there for 30 years, 18 of which were spent as a rural mail carrier for Route 2.  He retired in 2004.  He worked at Mt. Gilead High School as an aide for several years.

Rick was a man of firm faith.  He was a longtime member of Williamsport United Methodist Church.  He played on their softball team for years, and served as a member of the trustees and the SPRC.

Athletics were a big part of Rick’s life.  He coached boys and girls basketball at Mt. Gilead High School, coached youth baseball, enjoyed playing softball, and was an avid golfer.

On April 10, 1974, Rick married Laura Lee Brown, who survives.  To this marriage were born two sons, Joseph and Bradley.

Besides his wife Laura, Rick is survived by sons: Joseph (Anjali) Pearce of Mason, OH, and Bradley (Bethany) Pearce of Avon, OH; four grandchildren: Jeffrey, Thomas, Natalie and William Pearce; one brother, Larry (Jane) Pearce of Surgoinsville, TN; four sisters: Marlene (Johnny) Menger of Columbia, SC, Deb (Dennis) Renner of Rogersville, TN, Lori (Ted) White of Johnson City, TN, and Suzanne Strother of Columbia, SC; his mother-in-law, Rosemary Brown; in-laws: Steven (Linda) Brown of Mansfield, LuAnn (Rick) Jones of Mt. Gilead, and Vincent (Laura) Brown of Mt. Gilead; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, W. Buford Brown.

Services honoring Rick’s life will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Shauck Cemetery on SR 42 in Johnsville, with Pastor Leslie Mahaney officiating, where masks are to be worn and social distancing is to be observed.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in Williamsport United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mohuddin Ghazi for his excellent care, OhioHealth at Home Hospice of Marion for their loving care, their church family, friends, and family for their love and support during Rick’s illness, and Terri Kehrwecker, a treasured friend and caregiver during the last year.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Williamsport United Methodist Church, 6130 US 42, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 or OhioHealth at Home Hospice, 1713 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Suite 108, Marion, OH 43302 or a charity of your choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Rick’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Laura I am so sorry to read of Rick’s passing. May all your beautiful memories bring comfort to you and your family in the days to come. Prayers to all. Anna

  • Laura a d family, So very sorry to hear of your loss! May God comfort you at this difficult time. Hold on to all of those wonderful memories!

  • Laura and family,
    I was so shocked and sad when mom told me of Rick’s passing. Such a gentle soul and I will never forgot the kindness he always showed to me throughout my life. God bless you all.

  • Laura & family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you & your family, for love, comfort & all God’s blessings.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I know there is comfort in knowing he no longer suffers and is praising Jesus as I type. That doesn’t change the fact that you will be grieving. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • The Gene and Betty Foster family extends sincerest sympathy in your loss. We will be praying for the family in the days and weeks ahead. May God’s peace be with you all.
    George and Vickie (Foster) Noltensmeyer
    Steve and Jan Foster
    Lesa Foster

  • Laura & Family: Sorry to hear of Ricks passing. He sure fought the good fight and stayed positive. Dale enjoyed him as his classmate, and participating in softball and golf. Our prayers are with you. May the Lord give you rest, peace and strength as you continue this journey here. Dale & Marsha

  • Laura and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the struggles and now the loss of your loved one.
    I’m praying the Holy Spirit will give you His Peace and Strength to get through these rough times ahead. Every time you start to feel that sting of loss, remember that you will be seeing Rick again in Glory!
    Prayers & Love in Christ,

  • Laura and family,

    I so sorry to learn of Richards passing. I remember seeing you both at our class reunions. Please know that we will remember you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Oh, Laura… I am so very sorry about Rick’s passing. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. May God’s loving arms embrace you and give you strength.💝

  • Laura and family, so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I am no longer in your area but wanted you and the boys to know we are praying for you. Annette, Gary and Brian Staley

  • Laura and boy’s,so sorry to hear about Rick ,as I knew him, from growing up down the road from him and as a classmate. He was such a sweet, soft spoken ,caring guy. Will miss seeing him at the class reuion’s. God give you peace and comfort at this time. Bob and Penny (Reed)Brooke

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you. When someone we love passes away our memories become our treasures. We take one day at a time and reach out to family and friends and your church family. They will help you get through this. One day at a time Dear Friend. Hugs

  • Laura,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. What a wonderful man, husband and child of God he was. I always thought so much of both of you and enjoyed any time I would be able to share with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you and comfort you.

  • Laura, Joe, Brad, and Families,

    We are soo sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. He was an outstanding man and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!

    Jim and Joanne Trainer

  • Dear Laura and Family,
    You and your loved ones have our deepest sympathy at this time. I am deeply saddened to learn that Rick has died, but am grateful that he no longer has to suffer and struggle with Parkinson’s. Rick and I were close friends in high school. As a teenager he demonstrated gentleness, intelligence, kindness, and goodness, and it is obvious from his obituary and the notes posted here that he influenced many lives in a positive and loving way. I was so glad to have reconnected with him at the class reunion in 2016. We join you in mourning his loss.
    John and Terry (Parrott) Rhoads

  • So sad to learn of Rick’s passing. He was always friendly and good humored. A gentleman and a gentle man. Our best wishes and comfort to Laura.

  • Laura,
    I’m honored to have worked with both of you at MGHS. Rick was a gentle giant. Kids loved him and you were his faithful wife, friend and caregiver until the end. Parkinson’s is a hard disease to suffer through and now he is rejoicing in heaven. He will watch over you, your children and grandchildren with a proud smile. Hugs and prayers my friend as you get through the next few days and months.

  • Dear Laura, Joe, Brad and families … so sorry to hear about Richard. Sending my condolences and deepest sympathy. I can picture him, you and Brad at so many games cheering on Joe. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Laura and family:

    Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss of Rick.
    We pray you find comfort in your many memories.
    Praying for you and sending love.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Laura, Joe and family and Brad and family. Rick will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

  • Laura,
    Such terrible news!! Rick was always quiet, but so reliable. As kids, we attended Williamsport Church and were together on Quiz teams as teenagers. He was in almost all of my Johnsville and Northmor classes, then later he became Mom and Dad’s mail man. . . What a great guy!!! So very sorry for you all. Our world will miss him!!!

  • Laura so sorry to hear about Rick. He was a gem of a person. I played golf and bowled against him many times. He could play great golf with either hand, but more than that Rick was a really good person. He will be greatly missed by all of us. And Laura watching from behind the counter at the golf course you made his life so much better.

  • Dear Laura and family,
    I remember Rick teaching junior high science at the Johnsville building along with boys’ physical education( in those days it was gender divided). He was so helpful and kind to me in my first teaching position.
    It was always good to see you both at Wendy’s on Sunday with smiles on your faces.
    Prayers for peace and comfort for you.
    John and Bonnie Drake

  • Laura,
    So sorry for all that you have gone through. You have been a very strong and loving woman during this time. May the Lord give you strength and peace as you move through the grieving and on to the next phase of life. Our prayers are with you.

  • Laura waited on Rick many times at the restaurant he liked bacon eggs home fries wheat toast along with his coffee he snuck out while you were still working. Very nice man. Thinking of you and your family. Prayers Kathy Rogers

  • Oh, Laura Leigh, so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I know it certainly wasn’t easy for you either, but what a wonderful job you did taking care of him. You are certainly in our prayers.

  • Laura and family-
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You know he’s in a better place. It still doesn’t make it any easier as I have been through the last couple years.
    Cherish the memories and the good times. Keep your family and friends close.
    God Bless, Bonnie Ferrington

  • Dear Laura,
    I’m sorry to hear about Richard. Too young but he poured a lot of living in his years. We don’t get chose the time or place or method of our passing, but how we live we do. I will have you and the boys in my prayers.

  • Dear Laura,
    I was so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Della and Chuck Mosier

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