Richard P. ‘Dick’ McPeek
May 30, 1937 ‒ December 17, 2016
Richard P. “Dick” McPeek, age 79, of Edison, died peacefully Saturday morning, December 17, 2016, at home with his loving wife by his side following an eight year battle with cancer.
On May 30, 1937, Dick was born in Edison, Ohio, one of three children of the late Rex and Florence (Loffer) McPeek. He graduated from Edison High School in the class of 1955, where he played catcher for the baseball team and drums in the band.
One fateful evening, Dick picked up a young lady at the monument in Mount Gilead, Frances Cooper, to give her and mutual friends a ride. From there, the rest was history, getting married soon thereafter on January 6, 1957. Dick and Frances cherished their nearly sixty years of marriage together.
Dick found his love for farming at an early age, as he started milking cows when he was fifteen years old. From that day forward, he farmed nearly every day for the rest of his life. He dedicated his life to being a dairy farmer and growing crops. Many years ago, a young man started helping Dick on the farm, Troy McDaniels, and he quickly became the son he never had, and becoming “Pops” to Troy. Together they formed “M & M Dairy”, and Dick couldn’t be more proud to have him carry on his farming legacy.
In addition to farming, Dick worked at Krogers Grocery in Mount Gilead for seven years, helping them with stocking.
Dick was a lifelong member of the Edison United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee and on various other committees. He also was their dart ball extraordinaire, winning gobs of trophies over the years.
A drummer, Dick loved playing in several bands. They took his drum set all over so he could play at many street fairs over the years. He also loved playing euchre, especially with his Euchre club that played together for over fifty years.
Very warm and kind, Dick will be missed for his “jolly” personality. Every year he looked forward to the holidays, because “he made a great Santa Claus.” He truly had a heart of gold, seeing the best in everyone. Most important of all to him was his family, especially his precious grandchildren who always watched over him.
Dick will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Frances McPeek of Edison; daughter, Diana (Michael) Eckenrode of Mason; three grandchildren: Kelly (Dan), Joe (Amanda), and Richard; six great-grandchildren: Mikey, Chase, Emma, Charlotte, Eden and Georgia; “adopted” son, Troy McDaniels; a sister, Nancy Philbrook of Cardington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Alice McPeek; brother, Robert McPeek; and brother-in-law, Bill Philbrook.
His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Edison United Methodist Church, 335 S. Boundary St., Edison, OH 43320.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Dick’s family and your favorite memories and sympathies may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.