Richard D. “Dick” Olds, 74, Plymouth, passed away early Saturday morning, May 28, at his home after having been diagnosed with a rapid form of cancer.
Dick was born in Pulaski County Jan. 3, 1942, the youngest of eight children born to Earl H. and Clara M. (Hamilton) Olds.
He graduated from Grovertown High School with the Class of 1960 and just by chance that summer met a young lady from Indianapolis, Mary M. Patterson, who came to the area to babysit for her aunt. The couple was married July 29, 1961, in Indianapolis and made Plymouth their home.
For 15 years, Dick did construction and factory warranty work in the mobile home industry for Ritz-Craft, Argos, and Holly Park Homes, Shipshewana. In 2009, he retired after nearly 30 years with the city of Plymouth, first with the street department, then as assistant superintendent of Oak Hill Cemeteries.
He enjoyed going to sales, where he bought and restored many antique pieces of furniture and became quite creative in fixing things with replacement parts.
He was a former member of the Eagles Lodge and current member of the Plymouth Loyal Order of the Moose.
Dick took a great interest in people’s lives, especially his family’s. They enjoyed annual fishing and camping trips to Barbee Lakes.
Surviving is his wife, Mary, of 54 years; a daughter, Jennifer L. Olds, Plymouth and her children: Matthew D. Wentz, Kayla D. Wentz and Mariah L. Tepper; a son, Richard D. “Rich” (Karen) Olds, Etna Green, and their children: Ashley R. (Danny) Olds, Amber R. Koebcke, J.D. Walton, Sara L. Olds, Ashley K. (Todd) Marchlewicz and Danielle L. “Dani” Olds; as well as six great-grandchildren; three sisters: Amanda Lidgard, Mishawaka, Helen (Allen) Mechling, Michigan City, and Marceil Swanson, South Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Charles, Claude and Carl Olds and Marlene Peddycord, a twin to Marceil.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, where services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, with Rev. Charles Krieg officiating.
Internment will be in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Center for Hospice Care 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.