Richard "Dick" Edward Bachman

December 8, 1943June 16, 2018
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Richard “Dick” E. Bachman, age 74, of Coshocton, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Dick was born in Coshocton on December 8, 1943 to the late Edward and Kathryn (Norris) Bachman. Dick worked in Maintenance at AEP for over 40 years. On August 9, 1985, he married Betty (Reichley) who preceded him in death on March 26, 2011. He was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Antique Tractor Club. He enjoyed old cars, being outdoors, canoeing, and hunting.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Christy (Chad) Bible, two step-daughters, Becky (June Conley) LaRue and Robin Andrews, three grandchildren: Anthony (Morgan Bosley) King, Abby King, and Bridgette Bible; five siblings: Sister Janice Bachman, Marilyn (Frank Biro) Gibbs, Joe (Kathy) Bachman, Tom (Molly) Bachman, and Rita (Steve) Coutre; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents and wife, Dick is preceded in death by his step-son, Delbert LaRue.

Calling hours will be held at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 5-7:45 p.m. with a Wake Service starting at 7:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Victor Wesolowski officiating. Burial will follow at Canal Lewisville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Coshocton at 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or to Sacred Heart Catholic at 805 Main St, Coshocton, OH 43812.


  • Calling Hours Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Wake Service Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 23, 2018

Richard "Dick" Edward Bachman

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Dan & Donna Croy

June 22, 2018

Our sympathies and prayers to all the Bachman family. I've known Dick for a long time. Donna and I enjoyed our conversations with him at Lafayette Pointe. RIP

Pat & Ken Grier

June 19, 2018

Our sympathy and prayers to all the Bachman Family during this time of your great loss. The memories you hold in your hearts will last forever. May God grant you eternal rest, Dick.

Sandy Jennings

June 18, 2018

Dick worked with my husband Dave at AEP Conesville and was always glad to stop and talk with Dave and reminiscing about the fun they had at work Dave passed Jan.05,2017

Jamie Croston

June 18, 2018

I rented from Dick several times years ago. Although, I moved away a long time ago, I never forgot him, he was such a nice guy, very kind hearted. I'm sorry for the family's loss. I will keep all of u in my prayers❤️



      Richard Edward Bachman was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. "Dick" always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, "Dick" was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Edward and Kathryn Bachman. "Dick" was raised in West Lafayette, Ohio. Always able to express himself well, "Dick" possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, "Dick" was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, "Dick" was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. "Dick" was raised with five siblings. He had two younger brothers, Joe and Tom. He also had three younger sisters, Janice, Marilyn, and Rita. "Dick" had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, "Dick" was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1962. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      On August 9, 1985 "Dick" exchanged wedding vows with Betty Lou Reichley at the Canal Lewisville Methodist Church of Coshocton, Ohio. "Dick" was attentive to Betty's feelings, and he charmed Betty and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, "Dick" was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, "Dick" identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. "Dick" was blessed with one child, a daughter, Christy. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Anthony, Abby, and Bridgette.

      "Dick" was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, "Dick"’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, "Dick" was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. "Dick" could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was maintenance. He was employed for American Electric Power for over 40 years.

      "Dick" was an Army reserve. "Dick" was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      "Dick" enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were old cars, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      "Dick" was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, "Dick" worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, "Dick" was an active member of the Antique Tractor Club.

      "Dick" held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Church.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that "Dick" truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Caribbean Cruise, Nashville, TN, Hershey, PA, and numerous trips to Florida.

      "Dick" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of "Dick"’s favorites was Hannah, a pug dog. They were best friends for 17+ years. His family was rounded out by his pug dog Fred.

      When "Dick"’s retirement finally came in 2008, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed.

      "Dick" passed away on June 16, 2018 at Lafayette Pointe in West Lafayette, Ohio. Dick suffered from Parkinson's Disease for many years but never let it bring him down. He is survived by his daughter Christy and son-in-law Chad; his grandchildren Anthony, Abby, and Bridgette; his siblings Janice, Marilyn, Joe, Tom and Rita. Services were held at Sacred Heart Church. "Dick" was laid to rest in Canal Lewisville Cemetery in Coshocton, Ohio.

      "Dick" was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If "Dick" had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Richard Edward Bachman.