Paul Richard "Dick" Larick of Findlay died peacefully this past Thursday, March 12, 2020 while surrounded by his family at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. He courageously fought years of illness, reaching 84 years and a day.
Dick entered the world feet-first on March 10, 1936 delivered at home on Main Street in Nevada, OH. His parents are the late Paul Edgar and Thelma (Golling) Larick. Dick grew up in Nevada, graduating in 1954 from Nevada High School after years of excelling in sports. He is also a graduate of Bowling Green State University. During his senior year on campus, he met the love of his life, Barbara Doane. On October 14, 1960 they married and became Falcon Flames.
His survivors include his wife Barbara, a daughter Julie Ann Larick of New Bern, NC, a son Paul Gordon Larick of Shaker Heights, OH, and three granddaughters - Violet Estelle Dressler, Sophia Alexandra Larick, and Julie Anne Larick. Dick was a kind man and loved animals - he leaves behind cats Lily, Fay, Clover, Ling, Junior, and Ariel.
Dick worked at Marathon Oil Company for thirty eight years, much of that time devoted to improving the telecommunications infrastructure of the expanding company. He made many lifelong friends at work and was part of ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Dick was also a longtime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Findlay. He and Barbara joined the church in 1965 when they moved to Findlay. He was active on many church committees over the years, playing a big role in improving the building and helping the congregation, especially through community dinners.
Dick believed in the importance of citizen participation in politics, and after retirement from Marathon, he focused much of his time to that cause. For many years, he served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hancock County Republican party and was a longstanding member of the Hancock County Board of Elections.
Anyone who knew Dick knew of his love for the Cleveland Indians. He was a fan from boyhood, attending many games with his father, and instilled a love of baseball to his family. Dick was a thoughtful man and voracious reader, enjoying learning about history. Later in life, he also happily became involved in the Volksmarching community - an activity that took him around the state. His family will miss him dearly - a loyal, quiet man with a steady countenance who served as a beacon to them.
The Larick family expresses its gratitude to the nurses, doctors, and staff of Bridge Hospice for their sincere and compassionate care of Dick.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 at First Lutheran Church, 109 E Lincoln St, Findlay, Ohio with Rev. Robert Cochran officiating. There will also be visitation before the funeral from 10-11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Memorials in Dick's honor can be made to First Lutheran Church, 109 E Lincoln St, Findlay, OH 45840, the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County, 4550 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840, or Bridge Hospice Care Center, 1900 S Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.