Richard Lee Teel
Richard Lee Teel, of Mentone, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, after a four-year battle with dementia.
Richard, also known as Dick, was born Aug. 15, 1944, to Herschel and Mary (Witham) Teel. Dick was the middle son of five boys. On June 6, 1964, he married Janie Newton, the love of his life and best friend. They shared 60 years together.
Dick and Janie have three daughters, Debbie, Brenda and Heather. They also had a beloved son, Scott, who passed away at 18 years old in a heart-breaking accident. Dick was also blessed with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was a 1962 graduate of Mentone High School. Dick was a dedicated employee at R.R. Donnelley’s for 43 years, before retiring in 2006. Throughout Dick’s life, he enjoyed bowling, hunting for mushrooms, collecting coins, watching the Cardinals, rooting for the Bears, fishing, mowing, and taking annual trips to Florida and fishing trips to Wisconsin.
Dick and Janie loved watching their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their activities, birthday parties, sporting events and family get-togethers. Dick was a devoted family man who loved his wife and children with all he had. Everything he did, he did for them. He was generally a quiet man, selfless, funny, loving and generous. He never missed a birthday or anniversary of his dear wife, Janie.
Dick also had his little Yorkie, Dori, currently 17, whom he loved. They took daily rides around the countryside looking at cattle. Dick and Janie were members of Riverview Community Church. They both have a strong faith in the Lord and know they will be reunited again in Heaven with all their loved ones, which gives comfort to our broken hearts.
Richard is survived by his wife, Janie, of 59 years; brothers, Jim (Barb) Teel, Warsaw, and Dave (Lou) Teel, Beaver Dam; daughters, Debra (DeWayne) Doty, Winamac, Brenda Miller, Winona Lake, and Heather Teel, Kokomo; grandchildren, Michael (Whitney Frey) Doty, Benjamin (Laura) Doty, Sarah (Logan) Kreft, Sydney Miller, Macy Miller and Josie Miller; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Brantley, Braden, Lillian, Clayton and Leah; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Mary Teel; brothers, Larry and Tom Teel; son-in-law, Todd Miller; and beloved son, Scott.
The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with pastors Rod Ruberg and Steve Wilhelm officiating.
The interment will take place following the service in the Sycamore Cemetery of rural Mentone.
Visitation hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 22, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
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