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Richard C. "Dick" Myers

August 29, 1929 May 6, 2019
Richard C. "Dick" Myers
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Richard C. "Dick" Myers
Thendara

In the Bible, it is well known that Peter was the Rock upon which the church was built.
It’s with heavy hearts the family of Richard ‘Dick’ C. Myers relays the news, that the Rock upon which the Myers family was built, was called home to Heaven on May 6th, 2019. He passed peacefully at his daughter’s home in Kansas, with members of his loving family by his side.

Born on August 29th, 1929 in Constableville, NY, Richard was known by a multitude of names over the years: ‘Dick’ to his loving wife, his brothers, his sisters, and all of his many friends. To his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, he was known as Dad, Pops, Poppa, Grampa, Gramps, Great Grampa and ‘Uncle Dick’.

He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus, a proud supporter of the Old Forge Fire Department, he served many years on the school board, and was a dedicated volunteer with several programs in the Old Forge community. The list of names and titles he held is long, though not as long as the list of people whose lives were touched by his example.

The example Dick set forth began with the service he proudly gave to our country. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict (1951-1953). On December 26th, 1953, he was united in marriage with Margaret ‘Midge’ Zimmer at St. Mary’s Church in Constableville, NY. The 53 years they spent together (until her passing in 2006) serve as a testament to how love and honor between a husband and wife should look. Their lesson endures to this day for all who knew them, including their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

While he and Midge raised a family of 8 children, Dick attended many school events and continued serving those around him, working as a switchman with General Telephone Co. in Old Forge, NY for 41 years. Upon his retirement in 1990, he poured his time and energy into volunteer work and the hobbies he enjoyed: woodworking, bowling (in his younger years), playing golf at Thendara Golf Club, and traveling the country with his loving wife. (There have even been rumors of some pretty impressive dance skills, but those reports remain unconfirmed to this day.) He and Midge travelled for years, making friends all around the country, until discovering their favorite winter destination in San Benito, Texas.

Over the years, Dick perfected his woodworking skills to become a master artist of the form. He loved to build toys for the amazement of adult and child alike, carve and paint beautiful, realistic pieces that would make you check twice to see if they were breathing, and generally push the boundaries of what people thought was possible with his art. He was also a patient teacher, a fact to which several generations of amateur woodworkers can attest. You could always find just the right amount of wood to build whatever you needed out in his shop.

These few paragraphs are far too short to capture more than just a small hint of the man Dick was in life. His family hopes that those who knew him will keep their memories of him alive and to carry on his legacy: Love, Service, Patience, and Joy.

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Midge, his daughter, Suzy Phelan and his brother Ronald. Surviving are his children: Rick (Christine) Myers of Smyrna, TN; Ginny (Ken) Engler of Naples, FL; Diane McAllister of Rochester, NY; Donna Myers of Old Forge; Mike (Lori) Myers of Lawton, OK; Bruce Myers of Thendara; Beth (Matt) Klinker of Paola, KS; his brothers and sisters: Ramon (Beverly) Myers, David (Joan) Myers, Esther McCanney, Elaine Anna; his many loved grandchildren(18) and great-grandchildren(28) and many nieces and nephews.

Dick’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Brookdale Hospice of Overland Park, KS for the gentle care and deep compassion they showed him through his final days.

Relatives and friends are invited to funeral services, which will be held on June 1st @ 11:00 am at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 103 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, followed by Interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Remembrances in his name may be made to the Covey Pashley American Legion or the Old Forge Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the church.


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Jun

11:00 AM 6/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church

103 Crosby Boulevard
Old Forge, NY 13420

St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church
103 Crosby Boulevard Old Forge 13420 NY
United States

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Riverview Cemetery Final Resting Place

William Street
Old Forge, NY 13420

William Street Old Forge 13420 NY
United States
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