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, Richard 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, Richard was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Richard was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Richard also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Richard was raised with four siblings. He had one older sister, Barbara (Bobbie), and three younger sisters, Linda, Kathleen (Kitty) and Bonnie. Richard was constantly involved in activities with his family. Richard 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, Richard 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. Richard 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, Richard was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Richard 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. Richard's memorable achievements included that he learned to ride horses.

      Richard enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Richard 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, Richard 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. Richard 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 Richard was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Richard was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Richard 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, Richard 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.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Richard. On September 20, 1952 Richard married Carolyn "Kay" Wright in Covington, Kentucky. He was totally committed to Kay and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Richard naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Richard 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, Richard 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, Richard was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Richard 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.

      If you gave Richard a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Richard was always on task. Without hesitation, Richard could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was airline duties and part-time farming. He was employed for 36 years by American Airlines. During that time, Richard 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. Richard was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Richard 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.

      Richard liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Richard's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Richard preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were owning and racing thoroughbred horses. Richard 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, Richard often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. In high school, Richard played baseball and basketball. Recreational sports included bowing. 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.

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

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Richard. 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 Richard 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 Richard's retirement finally arrived in 1995 after 36 years with American Airlines, 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, Richard 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.

      Richard 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; sister, Linda, Kitty and Bonnie. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio. Richard was laid to rest in Mote Cemetery in Pitsburg, Ohio.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Richard 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 Richard. He will be missed.