Richard Miller “Dick” Walters

November 19, 1935 ‒ June 24, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don’t do them. Dick Walters did them. There are great people left unmet, unless you meet them. Dick Walters introduced himself. He possessed an ornery sense of humor which he applied equally to all walks of his life.

Dick passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday, June 24, 2020, surrounded by family in his Mansfield home. He was 84.

He was born on November 19, 1935 in Columbus, OH, to the late Frank A. and Ann (Miller) Walters. Dick graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and later served on their Board of Directors. In 2009 he was a co-recipient of the Bob Barnett Outstanding Service Award for service to the Ohio Gamma chapter of the fraternity.

Dick retired as president of the Rinehart Insurance Agency where he grew the agency in influence, employees and client base. He believed quality of life was closely tied to community service. Dick was a 40-year member and past president of the Lexington Kiwanis Club. He gave back to his community through involvement with CACY, The United Way of Richland County, the Richland County Foundation, and the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Dick was an active member and past Elder of Mansfield 1st EPC.

Dick was an avid Buckeye fan. All who knew him joked he bled scarlet and grey. In 1981, as president of the newly formed Ohio State Alumni Club of Richland County, Dick began a new tradition when he organized the Buckeye Bash. This annual event continues to raise scholarship dollars for students planning to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Dick was in his element when he could share all things “Buckeye” with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Dick will be remembered as one who lived life with gusto, loved his family dearly and left his community a little stronger than he found it.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Joyce (MacDonald) Walters; their children Kathleen (William) Falin of Westlake, OH, Sharon (William) Doughty of Pickerington, OH, and Gary (Wendy) Walters of Mansfield, OH; grandchildren Ryan, Rachel and Regan Falin; Evan, Paige, and Aaron Doughty; Karley Walters and Rhiannon Miller; a sister Ann (Steven) Hering of Navarre, FL; and nephews Jay Hering of Gulf Breeze , FL. and Christopher Hering of Navarre, FL.

The Walters Family will receive guests on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life and legacy of Richard Miller Walters, will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11a.m. in Mansfield 1 st Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road with the Reverend Denny Finnegan officiating.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Ohio State University, referencing fund 606079, Richland County Scholarship Endowment.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Walters family. Share your favorite “Dick memory” and watch the tribute video, online at: Snyder Funeral Homes .com


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  • I was sorry to learn of Dick’s passing. He will be missed by many. His advice and
    mentoring in the insurance business enabled me to do my job with a clearer understanding of how insurance worked. His giving of his time and talents will never be forgotten. May your memories carry you all through this time of grief. Blessings.


  • Rest in peace Uncle Dick. Thank you for the special memories on Norris Lake and the times on the front porch at the Hickory Star.

  • Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

  • With great sympathy…the world is a little bit sadder place today. Mr. Walters leaves a myriad of hours of service and a heart full of compassion to his community… but his greatest legacy will always be the love he showed and taught to his family, which lives on and continues to impact the world.

  • I remember that practically every Buckeye Bash I went to, there was Dick wandering around with his apron and roll of tickets for sale. He had to have been the Buckeyes’ Number one fan. As our insurance agent he was always very helpful to John and me. (By the way, tell John “hi” for me.) To Joyce and family, my thoughts are with you.

  • We, the CACY staff and Board of Trustees, are so very thankful for Dick’s many decades of support, guidance and encouragement to continue to meet the drug, bullying and suicide prevention needs of Richland County. Always one to better his community, it was common for Dick to stop by the CACY office with a news article or a personal story with an ending of “we need to do something about this. How soon can you develop a program?” Most recently, thousands of youth have received school-based bullying prevention education thanks to Dick’s diligence and funding provided through the Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board and Richland County Foundation. Please know that Dick’s legacy and positive impact on families will live on for generations to come!

  • Dick Walters was a true friend of Ohio State Mansfield and one of the nicest men I met while serving as dean of the campus. Among other things, he was directly responsible for the major gift from NEXT Gen Films that allowed us to launch our engineering degree initiative. His wit and charm shall be missed. My condolences to Joyce and family.

  • So sorry for the family’s loss. Dick was one of the best people I’ve known. I will miss him coming into my office, to sell me tickets, to any fund raiser he was supporting. I will miss his insurance counseling, he was the best insurance man I’ve ever done business. I will miss the humor he always brought with him. I will miss his friendship.
    May he rest in peace.

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to the Walters family. We’re so sorry for your loss. Sandy and I are praying for all of you during this sad time. I didn’t know Dick well, but I always enjoyed his wit and humor on the occasions when our families came together over the years.
    God bless Dick, and the entire Walters family! Eternal rest grant unto him,O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon him.

  • My Big Brother was everything a good brother and a good man should be. He deeply loved his family and was always there for me when I needed him. Dick taught me to be a Red Sox fan at an early age because, in order to gain admittance to his bedroom, I had to quote batting averages of his favorite players.
    I remember listening to radio programs with him and running from his Frankenstein walk. We grew up in such a wonderful time in our country and I cherish each and every memory I have of the best big brother ever! Love you, Dick!

  • I send the family all of my love during this time. I will always remember Dick for being such a great person and someone I loved working with! Love that he loved his friends, family, community and of course the Buckeyes will all of him! I will share that one of my fondest and funniest memories is that one day while I was in his office, he asked me how dating life was…and offered me a magazine that had articles about dating over 40. His heart was always in the right place! I always looked forward to seeing Dick when visiting the agency office.

  • Joyce and family, I was so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Haven’t been in touch since the wonderful fish fry’s at your home. He was a good guy and loved by many. God bless the family and may he help you thru this sad time.

    Pat Finley

  • So sorry about Dick’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Wish I could make it in person but my thoughts and prayers are with everyone sharing in the fond memories of his life. He was a friend, mentor and business partner for a 5 year period that I could never forget. I am better to have known him and been in his presence as many quality times as I have. Blessings and love to all.

  • So very sorry to hear this. A lot of great memories from lex little league days and he always was Someone I looked up to and respected. He touched so many young lives. Prayers to the family.