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Richard "Dick" L March

September 1, 1943 ~ September 20, 2019 (age 76)

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Richard “Dick” March, 76, of Defiance passed away peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Mercy Hospital, Defiance.  He was the youngest of twelve children born on September 1, 1943 to Donald and Jennie (Fitzwater) March.   He attended Ayersville High School.  He married Linda Wagner on January 4, 1963 and is survived by daughters Mindy Melick of Galesburg, MI and Amy (Douglas) Maley of Rome City, IN, grandchildren Justin (Lauren) Melick, Paige Melick, Brad Maley, Brian Maley and great-grandchild Joshua Maley.  Others surviving include siblings Mary Hahn, Helen Frusher, Evelyn Baker, Gladys Reinhart, Joyce Schilt, and Gerald “Bud” March and a host of nieces and nephews, and in laws and out laws. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his saint of a wife, Linda, and siblings Vivian Ditto, Ruth Cross, Donald March, Robert “Rusty” March, and Paul March.

Richard worked in home construction and enjoyed carpentry all his life until his body wouldn’t allow it.   During retirement he enjoyed making sawdust in his shop while listening to eight track tapes, BS’ing with the fellas, the Cleveland Cavs and making bets with grandson Brian.  Lowe’s, Menards, and Arp’s Hardware will all see a decline in revenue since Dick was the Imelda Marcos of tools.  He was as stubborn as the day is long and had an opinion for everything, passing those traits onto future generations.

Services will be at 11am on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Celebrant Deb Miller officiating.  Burial will follow the service at the Monroe Cemetery, Continental.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial be made to the “Four County Career Center Endowment Fund.” Online Condolences can be given at

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September 24, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
September 25, 2019

11:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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