Richard "Dick" George Fuerst

Born: Tue., Feb. 24, 1948
Died: Tue., Apr. 28, 2020


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., May 03, 2020
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., May 04, 2020
Location: St. Anthony Catholic Church

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Columbus Grove, Ohio

Richard "Dick" Fuerst, 72, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at James Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio.  He was born on February 24, 1948, in Lima, Ohio, to Norbert and Lorene (Schulte) Fuerst.  They both preceded him in death.

On August 7, 1971, he married Phyllis "Flip" Smith and she survives near Columbus Grove.

Dick is survived by his six daughters, Renae (Eric) Olivo, Nora (Scott) Altenburg, Teresa (Steven) Briggs,  Julie (Louis) Schroeder, Mary (Travis) Cartwright, Melissa (Kacey) Hughes;  22 grandchildren, Tony (Laura) Stringfield, Abby (Alex) Vasquez, Marcos Olivo, Libby Stringfield, Sophia Olivo, Madison and Natalie Altenburg, Victoria and Breanna Briggs, Morgan Auchmuty, Miranda and Cayden Briggs, Landen, Levi, Zaine and Wynn Schroeder, Nathan, Hannah, Emma and Ian Cartwright, Karlie and Myra Hughes; five great grandchildren, Mason Vasquez, Emiliano and Ezekiel Olivo, Ellias Briggs and Lydia Kincaid; one brother, James (Bonnie) Fuerst; and three sisters, Patricia (Karl) Schnipke, Jane (Henry) Kaufman and Magdalen (Don) Wehri. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.

Dick was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1966.  He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam.  Dick was a life long farmer and had also worked at Phillips formerly in Ottawa and retired from DTR in Bluffton.

He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, enjoyed coon hunting and his old time westerns.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and picking on his grandkids.

Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, May 4, 2020, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Columbus Grove.  Father David Ritchie will officiate with burial to follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Friends may call 2:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, where a Rosary service will be at the close of visitation.  

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Diane Fackler
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
To Phyllis and family, we are very sorry to hear about Dick. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

My Mom sends her deepest sympathy too.

Dan and Chris Kear
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

Kim and Robert Creely
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Praying for the family. We had so many good times.
Thinking of all of you!
Kim, Bob and family

Sue and Ken Kahle
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Phyilis and family. Dick was a great guy and he and Phyllis raised a bunch of great girls. He will be with your family in spirit always. You’ll be in our prayers and we love all the Fuerst girls😊. Ken and Sue

Marcia Herring
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Missy & Julie and all your Families .... keeping you all in thoughts and deepest sympathies to all of you.

Julie and John Atherton
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
May you feel the peace and grace of our father during this difficult time. My deepest condolences,.
Julie (Best) Atherton

Jenny Kidd
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Dick is one of the nicest guys anyone could ever meet...You were always very good to me and I enjoyed working with you very high and very glad there is no more pain...

Taylor F. Walls & Family
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I’m so thankful to have met Dick over the past. He was such a blessing to so many. Prayers and love to you all.

Jenni Litten
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

Carolyn Kilgore
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Phyliss, Renee, and prayers go out to all of you with the loss of your husband, dad, and grandpa....God will be with you all....

Nancy Brinkman
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Sorry for your loss Flip, sending you hugs and prayers

Kelly Honigford and Karla Boes
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Thinking and praying for your family.
Columbus Grove Preschool Teachers

Jennifer Roller
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Dear Aunt Flip and girls,

We are keeping you all in our prayers, may God wrap you in His loving arms, give you grace, and bring you all peace and strength for the days ahead.

Bob & Cathy
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Keeping you, your daughters families and extended families in our thoughts and prayers. You all have our condolences.

Lisa Westrick
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Julie, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your entire family in my prayers.
Lisa Westrick

Todd Ellerbrock
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Phyllis n family, Sending our deepest condolences during your time of loss, may God bless you and the kids! Imogene, Byron n Jill, Marie, Todd n Colonel

Don and Laurie Siefker
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fuerst family.

Kevin, Jen, Jack, Kylie and Aubri Siefker
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so very sorry for your loss. Many hugs being sent your way.

   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss! Always enjoyed talking to dick at many of your guys family get togethers! He will be missed.

With Love, Philip & Ashley Luersman

Dan Ellerbrock
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Flip and the girls, my prayers are with you and all your family.

Barry and jane
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Flip and family. Sorry to hear about Dick’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you all. At times like this it is difficult to understand “why”but with God and family with you things will heal in time. Wish we could have been there with all of you but that Coved 19 kept us away. With regrets. God Bless. Love you all. Barry and Jane

Elaine Gerding
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020

Thinking of you. Rest in Peace.

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