OBITUARY

Richard Weherley

August 22, 1934November 2, 2018
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Richard “Dick” Weherley, age 84 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:53 PM Friday November 2, 2018 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. Dick was born August 22, 1934 in Miami County, Ohio and the son of the late Waldo and Thelma (Hunt) Weherley.

Dick was retired from the American Airlines working for them at the Vandalia Airport for 36 years. He loved horse racing and following in his father’s footsteps owned standardbred race horses. He was a member of the Darke County Horseman’s Association and in 2017 was the recipient of the “Horse of the Year” award. In addition to his love of horses he was an avid euchre card player and very much enjoyed attending many of the activities of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was also a member of the Central Ave. Church of the Brethren in Greenville and a former member of the Happy Corner Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law Barbara “Bobbie” and Dean Myers.

Dick is survived by his wife C. Kay (Wright) Weherley of Greenville. They were married September 20, 1952. Also children Steve A. (Karlene) Weherley, Luanne (Rob) Riber and Pamela S. (Mike) Swihart; 8 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters Linda (Dale) Hogenkamp, Kitty (George) Matt and Bonnie (Tom) Feitshans as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating. Burial will follow in the Mote Cemetery near Pitsburg. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care Darke County, Ohio.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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Jodi Brown

November 5, 2018

Kay,
You and your family are in our prayers.
Jodi, Paul, Laura and Clara

Jane Benning

November 5, 2018

To Kay and all of your family; I just want to convey my deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Dick! I remember being at your home growing up and riding ponies, playing games and always feeling welcome in your home by all of you! You have a wonderful, special family and I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and bring you peace in this time of sorrow and always! With our sincere sympathy, Gary and Jane (Baker) Benning

Thomas and Ann Underwood

November 4, 2018

We all need support at times like these and we are here for you and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Robert kreider

November 4, 2018

My condolences to the family and friends of Richard. I had the pleasure of visiting with Dick and Kay at their home last spring after not seeing them for over 50 years. What a pleasure it was revisiting old memories. God bless Kay and the family.

Kay Mote

November 4, 2018

Sincere sympathy and condolences to Kay and the entire family on the loss of your loved one.
I will miss so very much seeing Dick at the fairgrounds in the mornings...🐎🐎

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Biography

“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

Richard was born on August 22, 1934 at home in Miami County, Ohio. He was the son of Waldo and Thelma (Hunt) Weherley. Raised in Miami, Montgomery and Darke Counties in Ohio, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Dick was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, he was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Dick was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, he also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Dick was raised with four siblings. He had one older sister, Barbara (Bobbie), and three younger sisters, Linda, Kathleen (Kitty) and Bonnie. Dick was constantly involved in activities with his family. He and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Dick was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. He was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Dick was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Dick took part in a number of activities as a child. He took part in baseball and was busy helping his father to farm. In his spare time he liked baseball cards and coin collections. His memorable achievements included that he learned to ride horses.

I had the biggest “Teaser” for a brother! 4 to 1 girls and each got their share. He made sure I got mine. I remember the time he talked me into riding the front-end tractor loader from the ground to “as far as it would go to the top”. That seemed like fun to me. However, as the loader began to go up, I found my fingers wedged between something that was closing in on them. Screaming - - Dick had to decide to lower the loader or “dump it”. Yep - - he dumped it!! He was white as a sheet but when he saw I was going to live, he just grinned his sheepish grin.

The tease that “topped all teasing” was when he would chase me around the tobacco or tomato field with the biggest, fattest, juiciest, green tobacco worms in the field. He would collect the biggest ones for just the right time. He always threw them on me where I could not reach them - - either in my hair or on my back. Yuk!!
As the years passed - - my memories of ugly, fat, juicy tobacco worms faded and I was left with the most quiet, warm and beautiful brother/sister relationship. Dick was the best example of a quiet giant of a man of God.

He ran life’s race like a Champion - - the brother everyone should have.

I love you Dick! Linda

I cannot imagine growing up without my big brother, Dick. He taught me so many great things. With four sisters, there was always someone to wash and dry the dishes, but when Dick needed help in the barn or someone to hold the feed sack when he ground the corn, I would always volunteer. Good work, Dick. I loved being outside and you got me out of doing the dishes.

But one of the things I remember most about Dick was when he taught me how to play ball - - mainly batting the ball. He would get behind me, put the bat in my hands to show me how to swing the bat. There was only one thing wrong with that, I was right handed and he was left handed. Needless to say, I grew up being a left handed batter.

He taught me well though. In 1999, I participated on an Ohio softball team that played in the Senior Olympics. Not only did we win the Gold Medal but I had the best batting average for the team. So now - - each time I pick up a ball bat, play golf, or use a broom to sweep, I am always reminded of the greatest brother anyone could have.
Thanks Dick, for all the wonderful memories. P.S. You are the one responsible for making me a tom boy. I love you for that!! Kitty

What I remember about growing up with my brother was that he always seemed like the odd one out. He was the only boy among 4 girls, he was the only left hander, and he was the only quiet one. In fact, he must have been 40 years old before I knew that he could carry on a conversation, probably because he never got a chance among 4 sisters! But we made up for lost time and I learned a lot about the strong wonderful brother that we shared. Bonnie

Dick enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Dick was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, he was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He graduated from Franklin Twp. High School in 1952. Dick enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was any Math class. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Limbert. He will be remembered by classmates as being a good athlete and that he played baseball and basketball.

Most folks would say that Dick was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. He was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, he best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, he kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Don Kendall and Jack Anderson. Later in life, he became friends with Dick and Jane, and Joe and Vera, couples they traveled to Tennessee with to hear Gospel concerts, something Dick really enjoyed.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Richard. On September 20, 1952 Dick married Carolyn "Kay" Wright in Covington, Kentucky. He was totally committed to Kay and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if he naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Dick disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

Richard was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Dick was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, Dick was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Dick was blessed with three children, a son, Steve, and two daughters, Luanne and "Pam"ela Sue. They were also blessed with six granddaughters, Kindra, Kim, Chelsie, Nicole, Bailey and Paige, and two grandsons, Nick and Grant. Greatgrandsons, Trevor and Cooper; great granddaughters, Presley and Talia.

If you gave Dick a deadline, he would meet it. At work, he was always on task. Without hesitation, he could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was airline duties for 36 years with American Airlines. During that time, Dick excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Dick was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, he had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Dick liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced his choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, he preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were owning and racing Standardbred horses. Dick was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in his approach to things, Dick often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. Recreational sports included bowling. Dick bowled several 300 games and received medals. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, baseball and college basketball.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to him. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member of the Happy Corner Church of the Brethren for 30 years. During that time, he was an usher, greeter and on several committees.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Dick had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included a Caribbean cruise on their 50th wedding anniversary.

When Dick's retirement finally arrived in 1995, he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. His new life involved relocating to the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio. Even in retirement, he continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

Due to his excellent organizational skills, Dick was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which he belonged. He could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense, also he was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. In high school, Dick was a member of the F.F.A. Throughout his later years, he was an active member of the U.S.T.A. / Trotting Association through which he both owned and raced Standardbred horses and did well racing them. Another passion Dick had was playing Euchre where he made a lot of good friends.

No one had a passion for Standardbred racing more than Dad. With a combined sixty years with his father, needless to say it was in his blood. He not only enjoyed the racing, but also had a compassionate side for the horses themselves. Dad possessed immense knowledge from the breeding lines of the horses to the mechanics of the sport itself. Along with Craig Bowman, his faithful trainer of 9 years, they had many ups and downs and together enjoyed every moment.

Race time became a time for family to come together and cheer on the current horse or horses that were competing. His top winning horse, K’s Boy, was named after his wife, Kay, simply because he was black and she always wanted a black horse. And together they picked a winner! K’s Boy was recipient of the “Horse of the Year” award from the Darke County Horseman’s Association.

Dad had a sheepish look on his face one day after the horses had been jogged and told me later “don’t tell mom but I jogged K’s Boy”! If someone is not familiar with jogging a horse around the track, there is a level of risk involved. But Dad was willing to take that risk at the age of 82 for the excitement of sitting on the cart driving “his” horse.

Dad passes down to two generations his love of horses and the excitement of racing. The family tradition will be carried on with Dad’s purchase of two yearlings before the time of his death. Also, with respect to the Weherley racing history, there has been an annual memorial race named in their honor for a three year old filly pace held at the Darke County Fair.

With hope and luck, what Grandpa and Dad started will be a continuing path for family fun and excitement. Luanne

Dick passed away on November 2, 2018 at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. An automobile accident contributed to his death. He was a quadriplegic after the accident. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kay; children, Steve, Luanne and Pam; sisters, Linda, Kitty and Bonnie. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio. Dick was laid to rest in Mote Cemetery in Pitsburg, Ohio.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Dick was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Richard was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Richard Weherley was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with him. He will be missed.