Richard Dick Mack

Born: Sat., Jun. 17, 1922
Died: Mon., Jun. 27, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 30, 2011
Location: Frist Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Fri., Jul. 01, 2011
Location: Frist Funeral Home

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Richard A. Mack 89, life long resident of Helts Prairie died
Monday, June 27, 2011 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute,
Indiana. Richard was born June 17, 1922 , to Forest and
Mae (Elliott) Mack. He graduated from Hillsdale High
School. He furthered his education and graduated from
Purdue University. While at Purdue, he was a member of
the Alpha Zeta Nation Agriclture Honor Society, the Purdue
Dairy Judging team and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
He Married Mary Ellen Harris on April 22, 1945, in Greenwood,
Arkansas. They were married 65 wonderful years. They spent
their entire married life in Helts Prairie. Richard was a veteran
of World War II, and the Korean Conflict. He was the recipient
of the Bronze Star, and many other medals during his service
to his country. Richard worked for the Soil and Water
Conservation Services for over 30 years in Parke and Vermillion
Counties. He also farmed with his brother; Leigh on the Mack
Family Farm. In retirement, he enjoyed stamp collecting and
gardening. Richard was very active in the community his entire
life. He was an active member of the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees, and Optimist's Club. He was former
President of the Frist Ernie Pyle PTA. He also served on the
Vermillion County Library Board, Vermillion County Parks Board,
and the Hamilton Center Board. He was a 4-H leader for many
years and served as President of the Salem Church Trustee for
several years. He held a membership in a 10 county RC & D
Abandoned Mine Land Committee. His family wrote: His
generosity and kind heart were an inspiration to his family. He
lived his life with integrity and bravery.
Mr. Mack was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen; an
infant child, Karen Sue, and his brothers; Robert and Leigh.
He is survived by his daughter and son in-law; Kelly and Don
Weinzierl of Parrish, Florida, son and daughter in-law; Ronald
A. and Diana K (Hartman) Mack. Grandchildren; Jeremy Mack
of Cayuga, Tiffany and D.J. Lunsford of Nobleville, Kelsy
and Krissy Weinierl of Parrish Florida. Great grandchildren;
Elaina Turner Mack, sister in-law Barbara Mack, and Several
Nieces and Nephews.
Visitation will be on Thursday, June 30th at Frist Funeral Home
from 4-8pm. Services officaited by Rev. Bill Felts and Rev.
Andy Spencer will start at Noon on Friday. Burial will follow in
Helts Prairie Cemetery in Hillsdale. Military Rites will be performed
by American Leigon #140, and VFW Post #6653. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to Salem Methodist Church Building Fund,
3456 E. 1050 S. Hillsdale, IN. A donation box will be available at the
Funeral Home. Pall Bearers: Michael Forest Mack, Scott A. Mack,
David S. Mack, Bob Heskett, Steve Brewer, and Albert Mayes.

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Dr. Penny J. Mack
Dear Kelly & Ron,
No one in the world ever takes the place of your earthly parents. I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was always so kind to us and there for us throughout our many losses. Once he told me that Christopher and I were always welcome, knowing that we were kind of left out of things after my parents were both gone. He knew that Christopher and I stepped forward into my dad''s role and took care of my grandmother after she had lost our grandpa and her only child within less than four years. At 22 years of age, I had lost one of the very best fathers on earth that still had so much living left to do...and a little baby to raise for the rest of my life, all by myself. Your mom & dad brought food, your dad was a pallbearer, they came and checked on us while we watched our mother die...offered us meals, help, and prayers. They were both such good people. Your dad commented once in an article I still have about Salem church, that they were quiet people worshiping God. On Christopher''s 13th birthday, they invited us to church and sang Happy Birthday to him and your mom & dad took us out to eat. That was more than anyone else in the family ever did for us. I''m not sure he really knew how much we appreciated that. It has been a year of deep losses for all of us. Jim Mack in July, your mother in August, my best friend (Cheryl) in March, and now your dad in June. Cheryl loved us like family, was there for me when no one else was. We were planning to leave for Vegas on March 29, and she died of a brain anurysm on March 17----the same day we buried my father, 27 years before. She, like my father, still had so much living to do....and her parents, like both my grandmothers, had to bury a child. No one ever knows what they will lose in this life or when....not to mention why...Cheryl knew your dad and thought highly of your parents.
We have lost a man of admirable true character, wisdom, strength, and love for his family; a community leader, never hesitant to give. And a man who was part of a small church where people quietly worshiped God....a man who truly lived his faith, maintained his integrity, and undoubtedly remained a friend of our heavenly Father. I know how much you loved him. Just remember he goes to a far better place....and you will see his face again.

Bert Geswein
I enjoyed working with Dick when we were with SCS. I am from Brazil, INc

Jim Laney& Family
Sorry about your loss. He was a true gift to this area. A fine man and a pillar for the Mack name. Glad to have known him. God bless you all.

Marilyn Adams Hall
I am saddened to hear of Dick''s passing. It is a comfort to know he is truly Home now. I Knew your folks from when my dad first went to Salem UMC as their pastor and all the years that have followed. And then through the years when he worked with Uncle Malcolm Mathas. I will always remember his grin and his laughter !
God Bless you in the days to come.
Marilyn Adams Hall

a friend
I am sorry to hear about Dick. I have taken care of him occasionally at the hospital after the passing of his beloved wife, Mary. I first got to know him as I have bought many bales of hay from him. I know words cannot express your loss but it brings a smile knowing he is now united with Mary again. I do not know them as a family or friend but the love he showed her while in my presence was amazing. He was always by her side and then afterwards seemed so lost without her. I hope he has found her and she welcomed him home once again.

Brook Penn & family
We are so sarry about your lose he was a really nice gay And will be highly mist

Ryan Cox
Mr. & Mrs. Mack will both be very much missed. I am very thankful that I got to know such genuinely kind and sweet people.

Sherry Cox
I feel so much thankfulness & gratitude and appreciation to God for placing my precious birth-daughter Kelly into Papa & Nana Mack''s wonderful, loving home. I asked God for wonderful parents for her when I was too young and alone to care for her. I could have never asked for better parents to Kelly than Papa & Nana Mack....such kind & loving Christian parents who gave Kelly everything that I wanted to but could not. Thank you Papa & Nana for grafting our families together with so much love.Life with never be the same without you.We love you and miss you.Love Always, Sherry & Richard and family

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