Richard W. “Dick” Welch

December 23, 1927 ‒ February 01, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

LEXINGTON: To know Dick Welch was to know a man of many talents. An outgoing and social man with a friendly sense of humor and green thumb, Dick was a skilled woodworker and handyman, who would surprise you with his eye for delicate beauty and detail in his quilting and sewing. Described as a Renaissance man, Dick spent most of his time in service to others and will be remembered for his unconditional love to his family and to those in his circle of influence.

Dick passed away Sunday evening February 1, 2015 in Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland. He was 87.

Born December 23, 1927 in Lexington to Theodore and Mary (Williams) Welch, he was graduated from Lexington High School in 1945 and remained a lifelong area resident. After serving with the US Army with occupational forces in Osaka, Japan, Dick worked over 43 years with Therm-O-Disc retiring as Plant Maintenance Supervisor. His acquired skill sets allowed him to “build or fix anything.”

He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and formerly served on church council.  A member of Mansfield Lodge #35 F&AM, he was also a member of Scottish Rite, the Mansfield Men’s Garden Club and the St. John’s Lunch Bunch.

Big Papa (as his great grandchildren call him) poured himself into handmade gifts for his family. His wooden toy trucks and blocks or sewn aprons and quilts were Christmas gifts for the whole family. His two events: July 4th Hay Ride and December 23rd Birthday & Anniversary Party were not to be missed.

After the passing of his beloved wife Mabel, Dick pursued her passion of quilting. He pieced quilt tops for Snuggled in Hope, a charity that provides quilts for Flying Horse Farm. They provide respite care camp weeks for ill children.

He is survived by his children Rick & Cindy Welch of Lexington, Tom & Nancy Welch of Worthington, and Susan Welch of Westlake; grandchildren Tom & Evelyn Welch of Brunswick, Beth Welch and Rick Welch both of Columbus, Jim & Elissa Welch of Minneapolis, MN and Stephanie & Marc Behringer of Carmel, IN; great grandchildren Andrew Behringer, Alexandria Behringer, Michael Behringer, Matthew Behringer, Katherine Behringer, Madelyn Welch, Thomas Welch and Cynthia Welch; brother and sister-in-law Loren & Carol Welch of Lexington; sisters-in-law Ruth Ann Welch of Mansfield and Theresa Ernsberger of Deltona, FL; cherished friends William & Liz Szeto of McKinney, TX and their children Jonathan & Tina Szeto and Alex Szeto all of Dallas, TX and Stephen Szeto of San Francisco, CA; dear friends and quilting coach Kyle & Dale Huvler of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his wife Mabel Alice (Zirkel) Welch on December 27, 2008. Also deceased are his brother Frank Milton Welch and brothers-in-law Valentine Zirkel and William Zirkel; and sisters-in-law Anna Shaffer, Elizabeth Ball, Christine Hardin and Helen Clark.

The Welch family will receive friends Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Revs. Faith Proietti and Jared Ruark will officiate. Military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville will be held on the grounds of the funeral home and burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Snuggled in Hope Quilts may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Welch Family and invites you to send them a message of sympathy or support at

  • Dear Tom, Nancy and family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    God bless,
    Bonnie & Rick Fultz

  • For the Family of Tom Welch,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you at this painful time.

    Amy Blomquist

  • Dear Sue,

    Such great memories you have of your wonderful dad! May you and your dearest loved ones find comfort in them, and in each other, during this sad time.

    Much love,

  • Dear Tom, Nancy, and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father/grandfather.

    All of you have been in our prayers, and will continue to be.

    We enjoyed reading about him, getting to know him, seeing his “easy smile”, and recognize his kindness to many. These are traits that must be genetic and will keep him alive in your hearts!

    With Love and God Bless,

    Michael, Anne and Jacob Pastore

  • Dear Tom, Nancy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding to be with you and your family during this difficult time.

    God bless,
    Joe and Jodi Hufschmitt

  • Rick, Cindy and family,

    Sorry for your loss.

    Fond memories of your father and Mabel at their home during Great-Grandma Williams’ 100th birthday party.

    Prayers and peace,

    Cousin Laura ,Margaret Williams-Miller’s daughter.

  • Dear Sue
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man.
    Bless your family.
    Love Tammy Chikik
    North Royalton High School

  • We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
    Uncle Jim and Aunt Carol

  • Our sincere sympathies go to you as your loss is a huge one; but knowing your father is so very loved and admired by so many should warm your hearts. We enjoyed seeing and talking with him and looked forward to his “neighbor” visits on Bell Rd., and will miss him, too! What a special man, Heaven is now blessed!

  • To the entire Welch family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of a great father and grandfather! I have many great memories of him too! I know he is finally home and although he will be terribly missed, his presence will be felt in all your lives even from Heaven! Another Angel in your corner is a great blessing!

    Know of my continued prayers for your healing as well!

    Doug Galuzny

  • To the Welch family; Sandy and I are so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dick at Therm-O-Disc and enjoyed his many stories of the history of Therm-O-Disc.
    A Company he helped build from the ground floor. Whenever you saw Dick, he would always go out of his way to say “Hello”. A truly remarkable man.

    Rusty & Sandy Mitchell

  • Dear Sue,
    Jim and I send you caring and healing thoughts for the days ahead. We hope that the memories of your dear father will bring you love and peace every day. Take care…hugs to you! Linda and Jim Koren

  • Sue and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
    Carri Metcalfe
    St. Albert the Great School

  • My deepest condolences. We are saddened to hear of Dicks passing. Dick had a special relationship with my oldest Willa. Willa loved to go with my mom(Kyle) to visit Mable. After Mables passing Willa held a special place in Dicks heart. He came to her big 5th birthday party and it meant the world to her. He always sent special cards to her.
    Dick was well loved by Willa, Dale, and Kyle. They loved when he game to their tee ball and soft ball games. When he came to support them at the fair. Everyone wanted to sit by Dick when he went to the church breakfast. They loved going with Grammies to see Dick because he always made them feel so loved and special.
    Dick was a big part of our family. He truly was an amazing guy who was my moms closest friend. He taught her so much and helped her build some beauty pieces of furniture for our homes. I am blessed to have had such a great man to be part of my children’s lives and for the great friend he was to my mother.
    Brian, Timberlee, Willa, Dale, and Kyle

  • Dear Sue,
    My sympathy on the loss of your dad. There is always such a special bond between fathers and daughters. Sounded like your dad did a lot for everyone and he will be missed.
    My prayers are for you and your family. Take care
    Saint Albert the Great School

  • Dear Sue,

    I am so very sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Anita Kure
    St. Albert the Great School

  • Dear Welch Family,

    Let the love of those around you help you through this time of loss, Our hearts are with you!

    John, Darci, Caiden, Willow

  • Dear Welch Family,
    We would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Dick. He was such a kind man that truly touched so many lives. My mom, Kyle Huvler, introduced him to our children at a young age and we are blessed that they were able to know him. He always had special snacks at his house when the kids would come visit. He spoiled my kids like they were his very own grandchildren. He mailed them the cutest cards (what kids don’t love to get mail!) Our homes are decorated with special pieces of furniture that wouldn’t be possible without Dick’s talent with wood projects. It is sad that you don’t realize how much someone has touched your life until they are gone. May you have peace in knowing that he gave so much to so many and will truly be missed. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.
    Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow,
    Josh, MacKenize, Owen and Chloe Cass

  • Dear Sue,
    So sorry to hear about your dad’s untimely passing. He certainly was a special man.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    God Bless.

  • Dear Welch family,

    We send our sympathy to all of you at the passing of your father/grandfather. We know how very special Mabel and Dick were having served with them at St. John’s for many years. Mabel and I quilted together, served on the kitchen committee, and became good friends. Dick was a powerhouse, always with a ready smile, and so very kind. May our loving Father hold you all very close, and may the happy memories bring you peace and comfort.

    In Christ,

    Bob&Diann Barnett

  • Dear Sue,

    You shared many wonderful times with your father that you have reflected on throughout his life. His life continues on through all the good you do for all around you. Take care to cherish those precious moments and live on in his pattern of joy and service to those around you,as they are definitely gifts he passed on to you.

    Our sympathies at your loss are with you,
    Doc and Denise

  • Rick,Tom,and Sue,I am so sorry for your loss.My memories of your Dad from all the basketball games,and days at the pool are very fond.He never met a stranger,and always gave you the feeling of being very special.Having lost both my parents it is a hole that only seems filled by all the special memories you have.May your special memories support you In this time of loss.

  • Tom,
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your father, it is never easy to say goodbye when someone goes home. But how wonderful it is to know that you will be together again some day. Please take comfort in the words of Jesus when he said…

    John 14 1-3…Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2″In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3″If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

    There is no better place for your dad to be than at home with our Father. Know that my prayers are with you and your family!

    Love in Christ – Julie <