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Richard M. "Dick" Evans
Richard M. BlockORichard M. “Dick” Evans, 68, of LaRue, died peacefully late Thursday evening October 10, 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Lima.

Dick was born June 14, 1951, in Kenton to the late Mike and Maxine (Andrews) Evans. He was also preceded in death by his sisters Mary Jane and Rebecca (Evans) Fuhrer.

He was a 1969 graduate of Elgin High School before attending two years of continuing education at The Ohio State University of Marion. On November 7, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart Donna. At various times in his life he was involved with the LaRue Lions Club, the LaRue Kiwanis Club, the Essex Knights of Pythias, and the LaRue Baseball and Softball for Youth. He was a proud member of the local agricultural community, both as a farmer and working with his parents at Evans Farm Equipment where they sold and serviced Allis-Chalmers implements until its closing in the early 1980s.

He also spent time working at Landmark of New Bloomington before his path led him to join Honda of Marysville. His work with the NH Circle of Honda was recognized when he was selected to attend the 1997 Rose Bowl where he watched his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes defeat Arizona State. Dick retired from Honda of Marysville as a Coordinator in 2009 after 24 years of service.

He was a master mechanic who could diagnose and repair most things mechanical. His many other skills include carpentry, cutting fire wood, and electrical work.  He was known as a story-teller who never let facts stand in the way of a good tale. As a lifelong mentor he took pride in the young people he coached in softball, golfing, and tractor mechanics. He especially enjoyed being “the boss.” In the early 1970s he played men’s slow pitch softball in Kenton, participated in NTPA tractor pulls, and was a one-time record holder at the local Marion County International Raceway with his stock 1965 Ford Mustang. He loved to barbecue and find other ways to spend time with friends and family. He believed in instilling a bit of rural Ohio life in his suburban Michigan grandsons by spoiling them with toy tractors, farm implements, and Ohio State apparel.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. As a proud, lifelong resident of LaRue he was a loyal friend who was generous with his time and with the people in his life. Despite a long medical battle, including a kidney transplant in 2006, he was a fighter to the end and surprised doctors at every step with his resolve.

The family would like to thank his doctors for their wonderful care through the years, especially his family physician Dr. Justin Krueger, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Da Vita Dialysis of Marysville, and Kindred Hospital.

Surviving are his wife, Donna (Hamm), his children Tiffany (Jeff) and Drew, his grandsons Jackson and Henry, and his sister Diane. He is also survived by his nephews Mike and Chris (Kay) Fuhrer and their extended families.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Sunday, October 27th at Pine Acres Event Center, 8746 LaRue-Prospect Road, LaRue, from 12 PM to 4 PM for friends and family. A short ceremony will be held at 12:00 PM with attendees encouraged to remain after to share your favorite stories and memories of Dick’s life.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Elgin High School’s FFA program, 1150 Keener Road, Marion, OH 43302 or Lifeline of Ohio, 770 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212 (www.lifelineofohio.org).

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com







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#1 from: V
La rue
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 7:50 PM

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#2 from: Tim Schwaderer
Urbana Ohio
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 9:21 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family. I knew Dick thru Evans farm equipment and I also knew Dick at Honda. My prayers go out to his family



#3 from: Todd
LaRue
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Prayers to the family. He will be missed



#4 from: Duane Daniel
Celaya, Mexico
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 6:41 PM

My sincere condolences on the passing of Dick. Worked with him many years at Honda. Always had a good story to tell each time I saw him. My sympathies to entire family.



#5 from: Joseph Miller
Rushsylvania
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 7:44 PM

So sorry to hear about Dick, he was my first coordinator when I first came to honda, great guy, usually smiling with funny stories. My sympathies and condolences to the family and friends.



#6 from: Ted
Charleston South Carolina
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 9:23 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing and I send my sincerest condolences to Donna, Diane, and all the family.
I have known Dick since high school and we shared so many memories. Together we trapped muskrats, worked on race cars, parked side by side at the Drive-in, assembled grain bins and farm implements, double dated, and ordered HAM-BUR-GERS in Cancun. Dick was an all around great guy to everyone, always honest and sincere, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.



#7 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville, CO
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 9:23 PM

To Diane & All of Dick's family, Very sorry for your loss of Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa & Uncle. I'm sure Dick has left you all with plenty of great stories and memories to keep him in your hearts for a lifetime. I have some fun ones I still recall from time to time from being his backdoor neighbor as a young kid and then playing softball together later on.  



#8 from: Robert Imbody
LaRue
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 10:47 PM

RIP old friend! Donna and family please let me know if there’s anything I can do. Sincerely Robert Imbody



#9 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
LaRue
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 6:07 AM

So sorry for your loss. His battle has been long and hard. Treasure your memories.



#10 from: Melissa McKinniss
 
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:10 AM

I am so sorry to see this. Please know you are all in my thoughts at this difficult time.



#11 from: Pat Burk
Marion oh
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:29 AM

Prayers to his family. I grew up with Dick and went to school with him R.I.P my friend



#12 from: Amanda Moore
Long Island
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 8:53 AM

Sharing my deepest sympathies with the entire family.  Tiffany, extra hugs to you.    



#13 from: Jeff & Suzy Wall
LaRue
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:16 AM

Sending our deepest sympathy Donna & Diane and family.  Keeping all of you in our prayers.



#14 from: Amanda Utley Snyder
Dublin, Ohio
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:17 AM

Dick was absolutely one of the most important, stable, positive male influences in my life starting in Elementary school. As an adult now, I understand how much he sacrificed for not only his own children, but for many others, to be at softball practices (scheduled or impromptu) and games. He made me a better person, he helped me gain confidence, be a fair athlete, and instilled many of the sportsmanship values that I passed on to my son and use as an adult to this day.



#15 from: Linda Van Dyck
 
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Oh my, we had no idea Dick was not doing well! Dick was a great guy and always willing to help.Donna, Tiffany, Drew and Diane you have our sincere sympathy. Prayer and hugs for all.💖🙏



#16 from: John Appelfeller
Fort Worth, TX
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Donna, Diane and family,
Some of my memories include crashing our new bikes on Christmas day, his bachelor party, and building that 65 Mustang into a race car with Ronnie Wolfe and Duck Snyder.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
JJ & Lisa Appelfeller



#17 from: MaryY. Lee
Marion, OH
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:31 AM

To Donna, Tiffany, Drew and Diane:
So sorry yo hear of the passing of Dick. He fought the good fight and now is at rest. You were blessed to have him in your lives. Take care of yourselves.



#18 from: Karla Terrell
Indiana
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:24 AM

Donna, so sorry to hear about Dick. I think of you both from time to time.  Old friends are truly not forgotten.  With time you will find your “new normal” so they say but you will never forget. Take care.  Karla



#19 from: Diana Goldsberry
Springfield Ohio
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 12:33 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family.I met Dick at Honda. He was my favorite coordinator. He always told it like it was and you always knew where you stood. And he always made me laugh. Rest in peace my friend!



#20 from: Deb and Sam
Marion
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Shocked and so sorry to hear of Dick's passing last week.  We echo Karla's message on the old friends.  We had some really good times back in the day!!  Dick was an all around good guy.  Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family, Donna.



#21 from: Pam Williams
Prospect
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Donna and family,  I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing.  Hugs and prayers to you all.



#22 from: Pam
Clawson
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 1:20 PM

Donna & Family,
My love and prayers to you all.  I extend our sympathy for your loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  
Pam & John Clawson



#23 from: Danise Downs Stallsmith
Richwood
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 6:27 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.



#24 from: Dave phillips
Bellefontaine
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 6:45 PM

Really sad to hear of dicks passing.
I worked with him for a lot of years at honda
A good person.
My sincere condolences.



#25 from: Donna McDaniel (Elford)
Ann Arbor, MI
Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:29 PM

My condolences go out to Tiffany and her family. I was one of Tiffany’s coaches in college.



#26 from: Dave &Nancy
Delaware
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Dear Donna, So sorry to hear about Dick’s passing.  His eyes sparkled when he found you.  I remember the ‘ high school sweetheart” days.  Much love and prayers for peace, Dear Friend.  He will be missed!
Love, Nancy



#27 from: Leann Swihart
Davita Marysville
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 8:12 AM

Dick has been truly missed. No matter what he always stayed positive with jokes and a smile on his face. A great man, with a great wife beside him the entire way. Our sincerest condolences from Davita.



#28 from: Pam and Dick Tobin
Marion
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Donna, Tiffany, and Drew.  We have very fond memories of working with Dick while he coached softball in LaRue.  He loved coaching and was a hard worker who you could always count on to help get things done.  





#29 from: MARY ANN SNYDER
LARUE, OHIO
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:04 PM

TO DONNA, DIANE, AND FAMILY.  MY BROTHER JIM AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.  PRAYERS TO ALL.



#30 from: Misty Snyder
LaRue
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 8:28 PM

My family will miss Dick so much. He was a friend, teacher, and (adopted) Grandpa to my boys Jacob and Jonny. I am so grateful that my boys got to have Dick in their life.  They both love him greatly.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to you  Donna -  
Snyder family



#31 from: Debra  White  Michael
La Rue
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Donna  Tiff Drew and Diana
I'm so sorry to hear about Dick. He was an AWESOME man and truly will be missed. Fly high Dick.
Deepest sympathies
Debbie



#32 from: Ed and Barbara Stofcheck
LaRue
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 2:05 PM

WE are thinking about memories and holding them fast.



#33 from: Brent and Karla (Wolf) Harper and Family
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 6:38 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers



#34 from: Rob and Judy Mundy
Richwood
Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 7:40 AM

We are sorry for your family's loss.  Dick will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Rob and Judy Mundy



#35 from: Julie Welsh Wisma
Richwood, OH
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 12:35 PM

My sympathy to Dick's family. He was "one of the good guys" at Honda, and a pleasure to work with. So sorry to read of his passing.



#36 from: Earl & Jill Price
 
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM

Diane, so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your family.



#37 from: NED & TERRY BUMGARNER
COLUMBIA, SC
Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 3:44 PM

Donna,
I am glad I stopped in one day and talked to my old FFA buddy. We had crossed paths at Honda without knowing!

Be Thou At Peace.

Ned and Terry Bumgarner




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