Charles "Dick" Richard Preston

5 October, 195214 October, 2020

Charles Richard "Dick" Preston, 68, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Dick was born on October 5, 1952, the first-born son of Donald Eugene and Nora Lee (Johnson) Preston of Columbus, Ohio. He was elder brother to David Preston (Oksana Bordyuk), and devoted husband of 42 years to Dena Preston. Together, Dick and Dena have six children, Joshua Preston (Erica Cooper), Elizabeth McNeese (Michael McNeese), Aimee Frizzell (Seth Frizzell), Brenda Preston, Jeremiah Preston (Rosaliz Cordero-Carrillo), and Jesse Preston (Holly Lott), along with other children he considered as his own, Berenice Garcia and Nick McPherson. Dick is survived by his mother, Lee; his brother, David; his wife, Dena; his children and sixteen grandchildren; and two uncles and aunts, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Dick was a graduate of Franklin University and held a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Computer Science. He worked as an IT Manager for several decades prior to his recent retirement and subsequent relocation to sunny and warm Florida, where he had met and married the love of his life, Dena, so many years ago.

Dick was a devoted and loving patriarch for his family. He was passionate for the Lord and lived the Message he preached. His own failures and mistakes only emboldened him to extend the love and compassion of Christ he himself had experienced. He took care to pray over all his children nightly as they grew up, and spoke words of affirmation and pride to them even when they made mistakes of their own. His love for each of them never wavered, never failed, and continued on to his many grandchildren.

Although he fathered three of his own children, he opened his heart and home to adopt three more children and foster dozens of others needing a home and love. He was always generous; sharing what he had with the homeless, needy, and orphaned. He wasn't a man who merely professed faith in Jesus Christ, but rather a man who lived it out loud without shame.

A man of faith, Dick was never interested in popularity or public opinion. His calm presence brought a sense of stability to those around him, and comfort to those who relied on his judgement and leadership. He loved his wife and modeled for his children how a man should treat a woman; always kind and doting, never contradicting in front of others, always supportive and united as parents together. He was his wife’s most dedicated supporter, always by her side and involved in whatever job or cause she engaged in.

Dick often volunteered at church alongside his wife, such as giving his time to “God’s Abled” at Crossroads Church in Circleville, OH, which is a ministry for persons and families affected by disabilities. He most recently attended Beit Tehila Congregation in Brandon, FL, where they worship Jesus and learn the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith, with his wife and two grandchildren.

His final words to his family were, "I want to see you again. You can see me again, too, if you follow Jesus!" We have no doubts that Dick Preston is rejoicing in heaven with a renewed body, eagerly awaiting to embrace his family once again.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Preston family.

A celebration of life for "Dick" will be held Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Crossroads Christian Church, 5679 Tarlton Road, Circleville, OH, please note a time change occurs this day.

Another celebration of life will occur Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Beit Tehila Congregation, 1705 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL.


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Charles "Dick" Richard Preston

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David Preston

21 October 2020

I am married to Forrest Smith, uncle to Holly Preston.
My name is Marcia Smith.
I just want to say how very sorry I am in the loss of Dick.
Hopefully your days will be filled with simple joys soon.
Stay safe. Much love to all!!

Janet Runshang

20 October 2020

I worked with Dick in Sarasora, FL. He was one of the most generous persons I've ever met. Loved his family unconditionally. Physically helped my husband and I prepare for a move when I am sure he'd much rather be doing something at home. He was a remarkable man. May he forever rest in the peace of Christ.

Jeremiah Preston

20 October 2020

Listening to you pray over me and Jess each night before bed. You would tell us you Love us. I miss you very much and wish I could hear the sound of your voice again. Even if it was just over the phone.

I know you’re gone, but I can still feel you.
- Jeremiah 💔

Stephen Snyder

20 October 2020

My wife Michelle and I were blessed to be neighbors to Dick & Dena when they were still in Ohio on Middlefork Rd. I’d have to take off my socks & shoes (&that still wouldn’t be enough) to count the number of times Dick helped me and my 3 young boys out with various things. I’m left wishing I had known Dick longer but, rejoice that the 11+ years we shared our home rd was made better by the selflessness of Dick Preston. May we meet again Mr. Preston. RIH.

Tony Shackleford

19 October 2020

I love you brother. I will miss you. Love seeing your dedication to help out at church. Love talking to you. I imagine the joy you are truly experiencing with Jesus in heaven. Thanks for everything brother. Til then I will see you in heaven someday.

Kari Bayard

19 October 2020

Dick is an amazing man. He helped me out in my life and I am forever grateful. He is a man of God and now resting in God's arms . Rest in paradise dick.


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