Bound and determined not to be late to his haircut appointment, Richard L. Dixon, 80, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at his residence of natural causes. Born on Dec. 1, 1940, in Plymouth, Indiana, he was the son of Cecil and Agnes (Lohes) Dixon. On Apr. 10, 1959, he married Patricia Cox. She preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2003.
Richard and Patricia worked hard to raise a family and home to be proud of. Patricia raised the children, Rick, Bill, Lisa, and Tammy, while Richard worked. Their home was always full of friends and family members.
They spent countless evenings playing cards with friends. The two ventured often to Pat’s Bar in Lapaz. Drives to Florida were a highlight, especially the drive through Tennessee and Georgia.
Richard enjoyed working in his yard, complete with a variety of trees, well-kept grass, and large animal-shaped lawn ornaments. He also enjoyed critiquing your yard from afar.
Richard was the plant manager at Bremen Glass for 34 years. He never missed a day of work. He was a man’s man, fitted with his patented Levi’s and western button-up shirt. Unless it was summertime, then he would be shirtless. As a father, friend, or boss, you knew where he stood, which was often firmly stubborn. He could reprimand you one moment and in the next, have your back. He treated everyone fairly. Even if you forced him to fire you, you still respected and liked Richard Dixon.
He retired to take care of the love of his life as she battled and ultimately lost, her bout with cancer. A devoted husband, a day rarely passed in which he did not visit her at the cemetery, even after 18 years of separation. He mowed her plot of land at the cemetery because she deserved the best.
After Patricia’s passing, he became a babysitter. He was a ‘Grandpa’ to many; not just his actual grandchildren. They held a special place in his heart. He gifted nearly each of them with a unique nickname. Some of the classics include ‘Trash’, ‘Pee-Wee’, and ‘Punker’. He had great fun chasing them with a yardstick or making them squeal by ‘milking the mouse’. In his later years, he was especially admired by his great-grandsons, Karsen, Kysen, Bryson, and Kamden.
He is survived by his sons, Rick L. Dixon and Bill Dixon, Plymouth; daughters, Lisa D. (Jeff) Farver of Plymouth and Tammy A. (Rusty) Harter, Plymouth; sister, Joyce, Florida; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, as well as many important nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Agnes; wife, Patricia; brothers, Jim, Jack, and Joe; sisters, Dorann and Sandy; and granddaughter Amber Starr.
Visitation will be held 4-7PM on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, June 11, 2021 with Rev. Charles Krieg officiating.
To view the recording of the funeral service from June 11th, please click the link below. The recording will be available to view through 6/17/2021.
Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Evelyn Smith says
To the family of Rich,
Pat was my aunt by blood, Rich was my uncle my marriage. He was very well liked, and a respected man.
He is in a better place now (the best place of all) and he is with Pat.
Evelyn and Bob Smith
Roy and Karen Bowling says
Sorry for the loss of Richard We know he will be missed greatly.
He never failed to wave went we went by. Rest in peace Richard.
He is now with his love Pat
Prayers for all
Brad dyer says
He was one of the best neighbors you could ask for. I enjoyed helping when he would let me in his yard and trimming his trees. I will miss him so much. Like everybody would say he was a dad and grandpa to alot of people. Rest in peace mr dixon.
Barbara Lohse says
I’m very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. He was a great boss and friend. I considered it a honor to have known him.
Teresa Miller says
I’m so sorry for your loss. Uncle Richard was an amazing man 💙. I’ll always remember our last talk. If you ask me God has some awesome me now. You know Aunt Pat is very happy and complete. So to my cousin’s I’m sorry for your loss. He will be missed terribly. Love you all !!💔
Joy Keenan says
I’m still in shock about his passing. Im very sorry for the loss of such a great man. My heart goes out to all of you. Steph, I’m sorry I won’t be there for the services I will be out of town all next week on vacation. But know my thoughts will be with you and my arms around you. Live you steph,trica,trick, the test if you
Michael Berger says
So very sorry you are gone. You will be missed.by most.you were one of the 3 best men I knew. I am a better happier person for knowing you. RIP
I am so sorry to hear of Rich passing.
I worked with Rich at BremenGlas for many years.
Comfort and peace to the Dixon family
James A Spiek says
I am sorry for your loss. My dad really liked working at Bremen Glass with him.
Those were some pretty good years.
Nicole Martin says
My heart is heavy for all of you. He was a great man and I will never forget all the memories of my childhood that come from the beautiful home he and Pat created. Sending you all love and hugs.
Barb Mitchell says
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. My condolences to all.
Debbie sue Hardesty says
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE .
Jr & I worked with Rich at Bremen Glas. He was a awesome man. JR & Rich was 2 pea’s in a pot. Thay was good friends. Even after we left Bremen Glas.Rich & Jr still stayed in touch. Jr is just so sorry he didn’t make it out there to see his Friend. R.I.P Rich you will be missed dearly. Prayers hugs sent to all the Dixon family .
Pam Chizum says
My sympathy goes out to the family as you suffer the changes of losing a Dad. I saw Richard as a man who lived his life “HIS” way with good character & to be proud of. Some highlights of his 80 years of life experiences will flow through your minds & make you smile from time to time. Those memories are beyond precious & will give your heart peace as you begin to accept the loss. Definitely one of life’s saddest experiences. May God bless his soul.