Richard M. “Dick” Dailey, 73, of West Jefferson, passed away on Jan. 25, 2016.
Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Porter-Tidd Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. A celebration of life ceremony will begin at noon and will offer an opportunity for friends and family to share their memories of Dick. Billy Warner will officiate the special remembrances.
Dick was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Mt. Sterling, to Wilbur and Malissa Dailey.
He was a lifelong resident of Madison County, where he graduated from The Plains High School in 1960 and served in the Ohio National Guard from 1962 to 1968.
Dick was actively engaged in farming for many years. He was a founder of the Family Farm Movement, where he advocated for the rights of family farmers throughout the country, and was instrumental in the changes to bankruptcy legislation at both the state and federal level.
In 1985, Dick retired from farming and became the owner of Dailey’s Appliance Service, where he worked with his son, Rick, throughout the county up to the time of his passing.
Dick was an active member of the community, where he ran for Madison County Commissioner and assisted with coaching the Madison Plains High School football team.
Dick cherished time spent by the Little Darby Creek, where he originally farmed his grandfather’s farm, later developed the Enchanted Valley subdivision and eventually built the home where he has lived for the past 31 years.
Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife, Jackie; daughter, Jill; son, Rick and his wife, Angela; and three grandchildren, Blake, Addison and Lance (Webb). He is survived by his brothers, Doug (Pam), Jerry (Ruth) and Rodger (Janet); sister-in-law, Barbara; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Malissa; and brother, Wilbur Jr. “Sonny”.
Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Ohio State University Heart Center/Ross Heart Hospital, PO Box 183112, 660 Ackerman Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43218; or the Kobacker House, c/o Ohio Health, 180 E. Broad St., Floor 31, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal