Richard Paul Barchent

1943 - 2019

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Richard Paul (Dick) Barchent, Jr., age 75, of Findlay passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019. He was born on November 4, 1943, in Findlay, Ohio, to Richard P. and Doris A. (Bright) Barchent. He married Shirley J. Orwick in 1964. He is survived by his mother, Doris; his wife, Shirley; and their three children: son, Douglas D. (Julia) of Findlay, daughter, Beth A. (Douglas) Bonnoront of Findlay, and daughter, Dr. Jane E. (Ian) Flores of Columbus. He is also survived by grandchildren: Jennifer Barchent, Jeffrey Barchent, Lindsey Barchent, Jonathon (Casey) Bonnoront, Alec Bonnoront, Ann Flores, and David Flores. He also has three great-grandchildren: Cullen, Caeden, and Aria Tussing. He is also survived by a brother, David (Karen); sisters: Julie Smith and Debra (Mark) Manley. Dick was predeceased by his father. Dick graduated from Findlay High School in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1965 from Findlay College (now the University of Findlay) and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Toledo in 1968. Dick has also attended Calvin College and Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught school one year at The Feilbach School in Toledo, two years as a science teacher at Donnell Junior High School in Findlay, and was the Assistant Principal there for two years, before joining McDonald & Company Securities, Inc. He worked for McDonald & Company Securities for thirty years. He has been associated with Merrill Lynch Investments for seventeen years, retiring July 1, 2017. Dick belonged to the Findlay Masonic Blue Lodge 227 for 50 years, the Findlay Chapter No. 58 of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, the Findlay Council No. 50 of the Grand Council Royal & Select Masons of Ohio, the Findlay Commandry No. 49 Knights Templar, the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies In The Valley of Toledo, The Zenobia Shrine, The Zenobia Shrine Jeepsters, the Findlay Shrine Club and the Royal Order of Jesters. He received the 33rd Degree in 2005. Dick also served on boards in various capacities with the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, The Grand Lodge of Ohio, Findlay Masonic Temple Association, Zenobia Shrine Toledo, and Zenobia Shrine Jeepsters. Dick was involved his entire life in many community organizations. He was an active supporter of the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout. He served as a senior patrol leader on the National Camp Staff at Schiff Scout Reservation. Later, he was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and was a President of the Black Swamp Council. Dick served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater (Findlay College) from 1976 to 2000. He received the Findlay College Distinguished Alumni Award and the “Outstanding Businessman of the Year” award. As a Board member of Winebrenner Village Nursing Home, he served in various leadership positions and was very proud of his involvement with the transition of Winebrenner Village to Birchaven Village. Dick was an active supporter of the Hancock County Fair. He co-established the Ohio State Hancock County 4-H Endowment Fund and was a 20-year supporter of the Junior Fair Livestock Sale. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Old Mill Stream Foundation. Dick served in various capacities with the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army, and the United Way and was always proud of the fact that he was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio. This contributed to his love and support of the Hancock Historical Museum, where he was a board member for many years. He loved the outdoors, working in the woods, bird watching, working with Pheasants Forever in a conservation plan to repopulate pheasants and turkeys at the farm, and enjoyed teaching the grandchildren about nature. He especially enjoyed fishing in Canada and Alaska. He was a member of the Hancock County Naturalists. Dick’s last few months of his life was spent at Birchaven Village. In this short period of time, he became good friends with many residents and staff members. Both he and his family would like to thank all of the staff for their wonderful care. Memorials may be made to the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 West Sandusky Street, Findlay, OH 45840; the Findlay Area Masonic Charitable Foundation, 303 Osborn Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840; Friends of the Libraries 301119, the Hancock County 4-H Endowment Fund 602917, at The Ohio State University Foundation, P O Box 710811, Columbus, OH 43271-0811; or the Black Swamp Area Council, BSA, 2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences are welcomed at Public visitation will be held at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay, OH, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 pm, followed by a 33rd Degree Ring Service. A private burial will be held for the family at a later date.

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    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, March 2nd 2019 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, March 2nd 2019 - 7:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Shirley Beth
Date :Saturday, March 2nd 2019
From : Amber Lamb
My deepest condolences for you and your family. Prayers of strength and peace. I'm so sorry for your loss.

To : The Barchent Family
Date :Saturday, March 2nd 2019
From : Leanna Elder Shaberly
This has not been a good weekend for me. While reading about the death of my friend Max Flaugher of Bloomdale, on the Coldren-Crates web page, I was surprised to see the name of Richard P. Barchent listed a few names below. While I only talked to Richard maybe half a dozen times, Richard and my father, Eldon Elder, were long time friends. Not only was my Dad a client, but the 2 of them were fellow Masons and Shriners. I often wondered why Dad went to Findlay Lodge so often, but later understood his fellowship with Richard. They would have also talked about birds, and one of the times I talked with him, I became jealous of his turkeys. I’m still hoping to attract some here northwest of Bowling Green. I’ve seen some a couple of miles away, but not in my yard, yet.

In 1997, my parents moved from Bloomdale to, Arizona, where I was living at the time, for my Mom’s health. They had to continue their friendship through telephone calls, but I know they did. My Dad passed away in 2006 and Dick was a great help to me in getting Dad’s affairs in order. I feel confident that they have already reconnected and shared their secret Masonic handshake. Dad will show him where the birds are.

My thoughts are with you all. The world has really lost two of its nicest men this week, Richard and Max.

To : The Barchent Family
Date :Saturday, March 2nd 2019
From : Doug and Sharon McCartney
We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was a kind and wonderful man with a big heart. He was one that you could speak with and you knew he was really listening to you. Something that I will never forget when speaking with him at Jane and Ian's wedding rehearsal dinner is the "pun" he used with the $.25 cent pieces. Taking the $.25 pieces and striking them together he asked us what that was. When we could not answer he simply said a quarter pounder. Yes, the memories we have of Dick are gentle, kind, caring, and a sharp wit. He had a big heart We will keep you all in our hearts and prayers at this time of grieving.

To : Shirley Doug Doug and Beth
Date :Friday, March 1st 2019
From : Charles Pfaltzgraf
So sorry to hear about Dick's passing. After my Mom's recent death I had to write. My Dad and Dick just got to know each other before he died when I was young. Dick had quite an affect on my life in many significant ways. Those early days for me as an awkward adolescent running up those steps to his office to chat with him were quite formative. He was a mentor for me and was always generous to let me read the WSJ off his desk or play with the quote machine. Even if I jammed it up they never minded fixing it. He always was generous with his time and allowed me to grab all the research pamphlets and the treasured monthly S&P stock guide. He was always inspirational to me in more ways than just that as a father figure and mentor as a Boy Scout leader. We have lost a true gentlemen and scholar. And yes he was a staple for me to listen to on his WFIN stock reports.

To : Shirley Barchent
Date :Friday, March 1st 2019
From : Larry and Leslie Hoadley
So sorry for your loss. May all your treasured memories comfort you at this difficult time.

To : The Richard P Barchent family
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Virginia Dale
My sincere condolences to the Barchent family. My association with Merrill Lynch was enhanced by Mr Barchent's meeting me at their back door with gentlemanly kindness when I came for an appointment. He will be missed.

To : Barchant family
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Robert D Poe
I am so sorry about the passing of Dick. I was in the office just a couple weeks prior and asked about Dick. Nothing was said about his being ill. I would have visited him at Birchaven.
Dick was a good friend, we went to church together and were in Boy Scouts. He inspired me to go for the Eagle badge also. I always thought he would be a politician he was so people loving. He would always offer candy at his office. He will be missed by many.
Regards Bob Poe

To : Barchent Family
Date :Sunday, March 3rd 2019
From : Dan and Carol Cooksey
We are so sorry to here of Dick's passing. The Barchent fanily were the best neighbors that we could have ever asked for. We send to everyone our thoughts and prayers. God Bless,

To : Shirley and Family
Date :Saturday, March 2nd 2019
From : pritts2GOYAHOOCOM
Sorry for the lost He will be missed by all who knew him.

To : The Dick Barchent family
Date :Saturday, March 2nd 2019
From : Sharon Benziger Julie Benziger Amy Benziger From
We are all saddened by Dick’s passing. He had a way of making this world a better place just by being in it. Our lives have been greatly enriched by having known him. He will be missed.

To : Shirley
Date :Friday, March 1st 2019
From : Jack Rosie Jacob
Shirley, So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We are thinking about you and the family. Jack & Rosie

To : Barchent Family
Date :Friday, March 1st 2019
From : Jean Cook
Please accept my condolences with Dick's passing. My thoughts are with you.

Dick was always so kind and upbeat in interactions with me and all my family. He will be missed.