Richard Lynn “Rick” DeWitt

March 19, 1951 ‒ August 10, 2016

Dublin, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

Richard L. “Rick” DeWitt, age 65, of Dublin passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 following a courageous 15-year battle against Parkinson’s disease.

He was born on March 19, 1951 in Delaware to the late Kenneth D. and Anne M. (Stalder) DeWitt. A graduate of Delaware Hayes High School in 1969, he was a member of the marching band and tennis team. Excelling in academics, he went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (’73) and joined the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, earning the highest grade in the state on the structural examination (’77).   He graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, finishing first in his class (’85) and earning the Weidler Scholar award.

A resident of Dublin for 23 years, he worked as a civil engineer with RS Fling and Partners from 1973 until 1985.  He then joined URS Consultants, working in their Columbus and Atlanta offices from 1985 until 2003, most recently as Vice President, Director of Operations.  Rick took great pride in his work and professionalism, a legacy which continues.

He was a member of the Dublin Senior Golf League, volunteered for The Memorial Golf Tournament and served as a Columbus Rotarian. He also enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, scuba diving and playing Euchre with family and friends.

Other than his cherished family, his primary passion was fishing, especially for Walleye on the waters of Lake Erie. Travel adventures to Hilton Head, Hawaii and Europe with his family will long be remembered. Strong, determined, and patient Rick always knew what to say and how to say it. He had a meticulous attention to detail and an enthusiasm to tackle any project.  In addition to being kind and gentle, Rick was always quick witted and willing to share of his time for any endeavor.

Rick is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Linda (Mead), precious daughters: Laura (Dale) Sanko of Plain City, Kate (Adam) Drugan of Dublin, treasured grandchildren: Ellie, Ainsley, Molly, and Caden, brothers: Kenneth “Michael” (Kandy) DeWitt of Naperville, IL, Randy Lee (Marci) DeWitt of Delaware, nieces, and nephews.

Friends may call from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware, where services celebrating his life will follow at 4:00 p.m., with Rev. Elaine Klinger officiating. Time for fellowship and a meal will be provided following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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  • I remember Rick as smart, helpful and kind. He was always available to help me when ever I asked him. His funny wit was enjoyable. He is missed. RIP Rick. My condolences to his family (my family).

  • Time and life separates us but we are always bound together by our common experiences. Rest in peace, Rick, friend of my youth, ’69 classmate at RBH.

  • I thought of Rick just in the past few weeks and was not aware he was ill. Rick and I worked together as a team for many years with great success. I am shocked of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with youLinda and all your family.

  • Mike and family- So sorry to learn that you lost your brother this week.Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Tom and Kathy Hull

  • Dear Linda, Laura, and Kate,
    We heard from Carol that Rick has passed away. We want to extend our sincere condolences to you and the family. We are sorry that we will be unable to celebrate Rick’s life with you during the memorial service on Saturday, but we will be thinking of you.
    Audrey and Roland

  • Linda, so sorry about your loss. Rick was a great guy. Enjoyed our times together in Hayes Marching band. Remember him playing euchre with my parents on the band bus, Sorry that he suffered with Parkinson’s. He is at peace now.

    Deepest sympathy to you and your girls.

    Sharon Hinshaw

  • Linda,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I feel so sad that Rick suffered with Parkinson’s. Steve and I remember fondly sharing apartments with Rick and you during our years at OSU… Please know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. God bless you and comfort you now and always…

    Cheryl Chapman

  • Linda, I am so sorry for the loss of Rick, he certainly enjoyed life and gave all that he had. God Bless, Cathy & Ralph Bennett, fellow classmates

  • Rick was a member of my class of ’69. I was in the band with him and remember him being a good tennis player. I had not seen him for all of these years but remember his kindness. My greatest condolences to Linda and her family. May you be comforted knowing he is out of pain and in a better place.
    Brenda clark

  • I remember growing up with Mike, Rick, and Randy. I always felt Rick was the quiet one of the 3. I especially remember Rick being in my wedding 52 years ago. Over the years I had lost track of the boys. I wish I had kept closer contact with the Delaware Meadows kids I grew up with. I know Rick is deeply missed by friends as well as family.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Rick/your dad was such a great person. Even with poor health over the years, he kept going with “engineering” family projects to success and caring for his family. I remember the many family gatherings we have all enjoyed with him. Rick/your dad will be greatly missed, but with us in spirit. May the support of family and friends give you comfort at this difficult time and may God’s love bring you peace. So sorry for your loss.
    Love, Carol

  • Randy,Marcie & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s death.I didn’t know him well but my parents Harold & Pat Williams knew the whole Family quite well when my dad had Williams Sohio in Delaware. Randy worked there and Kenny as well. My condolences to all of you. Cindy Moore & Chuck Davidson

  • What a gracious, gifted, humble man he was. We planned on so many more happy times with him. No one could have been a better father-in-law and mentor to our son Adam. As the father of our much loved daughter-law Kate and grandfather to our precious Ellie and Molly, he was a wonderful partner in life to share the treasured, sacred bond of family with, even if only for a few treasured years. No one could have been a better father-in-law to our son Adam.

    Rick was such an engaging man of great wit, always living life to the fullest with a quiet gusto that made him a person we always looked forward to seeing. A man of infinite character, courage, compassion and joy, the sun shines a little less brightly with his passing. But it will be radiant once again as sorrow passes and we see and feel the eternal presence of his indomitable love and spirit as it is reflected in his beautiful family and in all of us, whose lives were made richer because….. we knew Rick DeWitt.

  • Linda, Laura and Kate
    I didn’t know your husband/father personally but through you I felt as though I’d known him for years. I learned of his death from Peggy.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families. Know that he is no longer suffering, yet is resting peacefully.
    Your love and support for each other in the next few days will only strengthen you. Rick is smiling down on all of you, saying “I knew I have a wonderful family. ”
    God Bless!

  • My heart goes out to you as you begin to cope with the scope of your loss. Rick was a kind and generous man, spending countless hours helping his family. I’ll always remember the pride and joy on his face on Dale and Laura’s wedding day – and more recently, with his grandchildren.

    I hope you will take comfort in knowing that God has a special place in His heart for widows and the fatherless. My prayers are with all of you.

  • With the passing of time, we tend to drift apart, the staff of RS Fling and Partners seems bound together, despite life’s trials and tribulations. Some of us see each other even today after all these years. Some of us have crossed paths from time to time. I only regret not staying in touch. Working with Rick was one of my fondest memories and an experience I will always cherish. Whether in the office or on the road Rick made it fun to be there. I know, I had low points and high points at F&P and working with Rick was definitely a high point.

    My sincere condolences to Rick’s family and friends and especially you Linda. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    May Divine Providence watch over everyone.