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Richard Waters

March 2, 1936 — December 26, 2022

Van Wert

Richard G. Waters, Sr., "Dick," 86, of Van Wert, died at 9:48 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2022 at Van Wert Manor. He was born March 2, 1936 in Flushing, Queens, New York to the late Ethel A. Waters (Campbell) and George W. Waters. Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years Janice "Jan" Waters (Scranton). They were married April 27, 1963. A sister (Barbara Dumas) and brother (George Waters) also predeceased him.

Other survivors include children, Richard G. (Sandy) Waters, Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ted Waters of Van Wert, Linda (Juan) DeJesus of Racine, Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Richard (Peggy) Scranton of Chester, South Carolina; grandchildren, Amanda and Nicholas Waters, Emma (Keith) Cable, Anna Waters, Isabella, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Daniel DeJesus; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey Betterman and Jaxon Waters.

A veteran, Dick served his country proudly from 1959 to 1961 as an Army Corporal in Chemical Warfare. He was a graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor's degree in Education and New York University with a master's degree in Safety.

Dick retired from Central Insurance in 1999 as an Assistant Vice President, Loss Control, after a long and happy career. He was a Certified Safety Professional and enjoyed his association with the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Dick approached retirement with the same joy and purpose as every other aspect of his life. He and Jan enjoyed cruising to exotic locations, RV camping throughout the states, and spending ample time with their families who loved them with their whole hearts.

Dick had a larger-than-life presence. He loved his family joyfully and enjoyed being with everyone he met — especially his companion of late Betty Hill of Greenville, Ohio, as well as his golfing buddies on the course at Willow Bend.

An active member of First United Methodist Church, Dick served on multiple committees. He was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1197.

His family cherishes his memory and his profound impact on our lives. We will think of him and miss him every day but take comfort in his love and care for us.

His family would like to thank the staff of Van Wert Manor and the CHP Hospice team.

Service will begin at 10:30 am, Friday, January 6, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, Van Wert. The Rev. Chris Farmer will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert next to his wife Jan.

Visitation is from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, and again one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

Preferred memorials are CHP Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, January 5, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Visitation

Thursday, January 5, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Visitation

Friday, January 6, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

113 W Central Ave, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Funeral

Friday, January 6, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

113 W Central Ave, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Burial

Friday, January 6, 2023

11:45am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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