Richard G. “Dick” Herd, 69, of Marysville, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Union County, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born Sept. 22, 1944, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, he was a son of the late Paul and Grace Bowers Herd.
On Nov. 29, 1968, he married his loving wife of 45 years, the former Linda “Lin” Harris, in Glenelg, Md., and she survives in Marysville, along with his daughter, Lori (Adam) Showalter of Marysville; son, James (Tami) Herd of Richwood; grandchildren, Brian, Kathryn, Hannah, Abigail and Lily; brothers and sister, Dennis (Esther) Herd of Texas, Beverly (Ronald) Steele of Broadway and Alan (Deb) Herd of Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A 1962 graduate of Northwestern High School, he was involved in 4-H and FFA. Dick then proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966. While in the service, he attended a special language course at Yale University to serve as a Chinese linguist.
After his service, he returned and enrolled at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Dick worked as an engineer with AEP for more than 30 years, retiring in 1999.
He attended the Marysville Church of Christ, volunteered at the Wings Enrichment Center and with the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving in local packs and troops for more than 20 years in many capacities as well as district and council training staff. While involved in scouting, he was instrumental in reorganizing Richwood Troop 440 and was awarded the District Award of Merit in 2001 for the then North Star District, which encompassed Union County, and the highest council award, the Silver Beaver Award in 2004. He also judged at the science fair, was a longtime member of the Plain City and Northwestern Lions Club.
In his free time, he loved reading and playing cards.
Jeff Darby officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Marysville Church of Christ, 18077 N. State Route 31, Marysville, where visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Burial follows at the Millcreek Cemetery with military rites by the Union County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Wings Enrichment Center or the Boy Scouts of America.
Arrangements are being handled by the Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville, where condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.