Richard “Rick” Durfee

October 22, 1963 ‒ May 17, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard “Rick” Durfee, age 53, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on October 22, 1963 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Floyd Russell Durfee and Jean Carol (Walraven) Goeppinger. Rick started his employment with American Electric Power in 1988 and was employed as a lineman for the last 29 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the Grace Community Church in Mount Vernon.

Rick enjoyed coaching football and spent five years coaching in the Knox County Colt Football League and three years coaching for the Mount Vernon Middle School football team. Rick’s two favorite hobbies were his family and work and that is where he spent most all of his time. He was a dedicated husband, father and great friend that will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife Dee (Davis) Durfee whom he married on January 26, 1985; his children, Megan Durfee, Morgan Durfee, Mason Durfee, Manny Durfee and Madison Durfee all of Mount Vernon; brothers and sisters; Rusty Durfee of Mount Vernon, Chuck (Sarah) Durfee of Crestline, Coni Tipton of Mansfield, Donna (Mike) Durbin of Centerburg, Troy (Ann) Durfee of Howard and J.R. (Rebecca) Goeppinger of Mount Vernon.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Roger Tickle officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Memorial contributions in Rick’s name may be made to the Grace Community Church, 18350 Hopewell Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • So sorry for your loss. Rick was such a great guy, always a smile on his face. Your entire family will be in our thoughts & prayers.

    Jeff & Pam Shafer

  • Dee I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I knew the words to soothe the emptiness that he’s left all the lives he has touched.

  • Dee, our hearts break for you all. Rick was such a good guy. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love you…Deb & family

  • So very sorry for your families loss. Rick was a wonderful, kind and overall great guy. He will be missed by all that knew him. Godspeed~Beth McNeil-Shaw

  • Dee and family, So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • You are in our prayers! Easton enjoyed many years of ricks coaching. He was so loved as is your children and family!

  • Donna & family, so sorry for the loss of your loved one. It’s never easy letting go but the pain & suffering is over. He will be looking down & watching over you till you meet again. You all remain in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Dee, so sorry to hear of your loss! Prayers for you and your family!

    Kelly Goff Castle

  • I pray that Rick’s family will feel the arms of Jesus around them at this difficult time. Rick was a genuinely kind person and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • Morgan and family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Morgan, be strong for your mom. These are difficult times but they will pass, keep the faith! You will find strength in your faith.
    Love, Karen

  • Dee, Morgan and the rest of the kids,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything. ~ All our love Scott, Margherita and all the kids.

  • All our thoughts & prayers to all of Rick’s family. He was such a great guy. He will be missed May he rest in peace.. Allison Fraser Ernsberger & The Fraser Family.

  • Our deepest condolences to Dee, Morgan and the rest of the DURFEE family. So sorry for your loss of Rick. I remember meeting Rick years ago when his mom brought him out to my grandmother’s farm, after she and my Uncle Art married. What a nice kid he was, and later a nicer man. He will be missed by all. If there is anything your LIBRARY FAMILY can do for you please let us know. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Dee and family,
    I am heartbroken for you over the loss of Rick. What a great guy he was! He will be greatly missed by so many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance

  • Dee and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Dee,so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Laurie Smith and Wendy wagner.

  • Dear Durfee Family
    My name is Ann and I took care of Rick for several days while he was at the James. He was a strong, brave and kind man. He definitely loved his family! May all of you find hope and peace through the Almighty Lord. God bless.

  • Dear Morgan,
    May the Lord bless and keep you and the family in the passing of its dad and your mother’s partner; if there is any comfort in what we can do, let us know… share it with us.

  • Dee, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Rick. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ((((hug)))
    Mary Carter Davis

  • I had not seen Rick in a while, but he and my dad worked together at AEP for 29 years. Anyone who could put up with my dad for that long deserves a medal- My dad had nothing but great things to say about Rick, he was one of my favorite people to be around when we would attend company parties and picnics back in the day-Prayers to the family during this difficult time, I cannot imagine the loss, he will be missed.

  • Prayers and deepest sympathy for Dee and the children. The void left behind will be so large. I know his AEP co workers will miss him very much he was a dedicated lineman. Rick was my biggest cheerleader when I was transitioning from contractor to employee with AEP 10 years ago. He even wrote a letter to the district manager on my behalf , I never told him that it was shared with me. That’s the kind of guy (Durf) was. He loved his family and was always so proud of them. He loved his coaching coaching he took such great pride in it. What a great daddy he was. I know his battle was rough but I know he’s at peace now. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God Bless this family and for the life of my friend, I was blessed to of crossed paths with him in life.

  • There are no words to express the sadness we feel for you all. Dee and family, our love and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

  • To Dee and the Durfee family,

    Sending my deepest condolences, sympathy and prayers to you all.
    I worked with Rick, Donna and Troy years ago at Ponderosa.
    God Bless you all at this time and know that he is with our Lord and Savior.

    Brenda (Albert) Barkschat

  • So sorry for your lost of your brother , We lost Dan a few year ago .Past neighborhood friends

    • Thank you and I remember you. I always liked it when Fred dressed up as Santa for us.

  • Dee, Morgan and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Rick. Although we had not seen you all recently, we have fond memories of Morgan and Ethan playing together. A wonderful father who was very proud of his family! Be strong for each other. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Michael, Laura and Ethan Abell

  • Aww Dear Dee,i wished i had known this..i had no idea,im so so sorry for the loss of your Husband,and to his children again very sorry my heart goes out to the rest of his family..Dee im sending you my phone # through facebook,when you have time check,,Love Ya

  • Dee and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God Bless all of you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rick will be missed by all who knew him.