W. Richard “Dick” Winters

February 10, 1930 ‒ August 03, 2008

Marion, Ohio

W. Richard “Dick” Winters, age 78, of Marion, died on Sunday afternoon, August 3, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his family following a two year illness.

He was born on February 10, 1930, in Marion, the son of the late Earl and Lillie (Miller) Winters. Following the unexpected death of his mother, Lillie, when he was 6 years old, Dick was raised by two beloved aunts, Georgia Miller and Lillian Retterer.

Having been raised in Claridon, Dick graduated from Claridon High School in the Class of 1948. After high school, he went to work at General Telephone Electronics (GTE), where he started working with the test board. For thirty nine years, Dick worked with GTE and was promoted to being a switchman, until he retired in 1987.

Soon after starting with GTE, Dick worked with a young lady with the LaRue branch of GTE, Patricia Davis. After being introduced the rest was history, as they were married on August 19, 1951, and they shared 57 wonderful years of marriage. “Always together,” where you found one you would find the other, whether they would be going out to eat or just going for a ride.

A man of faith, Dick enjoyed attending the services at the First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, and had the friendship of his minister, Rev. J. David Worthen.

An avid gardener, Dick loved to share the bounty of his crop with his friends and family, always giving it all away. Later, he built a woodworking shop over top of his vegetable garden, and began making crafts and holiday gifts to again joyfully give away.

With his joyful and giving spirit, Christmas was always Dick’s favorite time of year. With his wife, they would make tray after tray of cookies to give and spread with a smile to friends and neighbors.

A proud father, Dick loved every moment spent with his son, Steve. They enjoyed regular father and son activities, such as fishing and golf, but Steve knew it was best to golf where there were less people so his father would not hurt anyone.

Always smiling, Dick loved to share his joy and laughter with his friends and family.

He will be missed by his wife, Pat Winters of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Steve & Ann Winters of Columbus; step-mother, Rosella Winters Fulton of Marion; brother-in-law, Jack Davis of Mesa, Arizona; and faithful jelly bean canine companion, Jake.

In addition to his parents and aunts, Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Dallas Winters.

His family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to Noon, at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, where services celebrating his life will follow immediately at Noon, with Rev. J. David Worthen officiating. Following a meal at the church, graveside services held in Claridon Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Pallbearers serving will be Roger Ruth, Ray Fritch, Lonnie Brammer, Jerry Widder, John Wollett, and Carl Phillips.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to Marion General Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Online condolences may be expressed to his family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.