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John "Dick" Richard Paisley

April 8, 1928 ~ May 27, 2021 (age 93)


Called Richard by his mom, Dick by his family and friends, Dad by his kids, Grandpa and Papaw by his grandkids and great-grand kids, John by many, and Old Man by the neighborhood kids, Dick was born to the late Harley and Muriel (Gallogly) Paisley (Dickson) on April 8, 1928 in Cumberland. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior into his heart on May 25, 2021 and slipped peacefully into His waiting arms on May 27, 2021. 

He graduated from Meigs High School and had many happy memories of playing basketball and baseball in his school years.
He served his country for three years in the United States Army during the Korean War. He had many stories of being the jeep driver for a Colonel in France during the Korean War and of his time in the service.

He retired from Philo Alloy after 36 years. He enjoyed working on small engines (was an expert at it) and tinkering in his garage. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and talked lovingly of them all the time. Many of the kids in his neighborhood knew him as “Old Man” and would knock on his door for a popsicle which he and Lola always had plenty of, knowing it made the kids happy. He never had a dollar in his pocket that he could not wait to give away. He would do anything for anyone. Any time anyone in the family came to visit and it was time to leave he would say, “You don’t have to run off.”  He will be dearly missed; yes sir.

Clear up to the time of his death he was able to remember everything in his life. He remembered the day his younger sister was born when he was just 4 years old; digging up the family dog that had passed because ‘that’ younger sister wanted see “how old Monk was doing”.  Stories of his brother and him causing mischief like shoving 22 bullets in the fence post and hitting them with hammers. And, the funny every time he told it story, of having a peeing contest on the back of the school building; the funniest part was who the winner was and those who have heard the story know who won. He had many wonderful and mischievous stories of growing up in Highhill and was a great historian of that area. No matter where he went he would run into someone he knew or who knew a mutual person and be able to talk for hours. He was a man with a great heart, a funny man, always making everyone laugh. His passing will leave a void here but what a great eternal life he will have in Heaven, with his Savior; yes sir. 

He loved sharing stories about the love of his life, Lola, who he met many decades ago at the Muskingum County Fair. He loved her dearly. He loved teasing her, he loved making her laugh, and he loved that he shared the majority of his life with her. She was his reason for getting up every morning.

Those left to cherish his memory and carry on his stories are, his wife of close to 70 years, Lola Jean (Sigrist) Paisley; six children: Lois Paisley, Terry (Lilly) Paisley, Larry Paisley, Linda Stuckart, Steve (Vicki) Paisley, and Bev (Doug Wallen) Huffman (Back in the day he referred to his family as “Hot Lips and Seven”, meaning Lola, the 6 kids and himself.); nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with #12 on the way: Bill & Joann Paisley, Brandi and  Cassie; Nichole & Heath Alton; Andrea & Trent Spellman, Caden and Cruz; Sarah & Nathan Hinebaugh, Willow (who is to make her entrance at the end of the summer); Jennifer Huffman, Makiah and Nicholas; Zach & Brianne Paisley, Ava and Xavier; Steven (Devin Osborn) Paisley; Ryan and Melissa Huffman, Max and May; and Lydia (Mike Smith) Carroll, Lexie, Karson, Wesley, and Paizley;  his four legged bed buddy, Bella, special friends Aaron Huffman and Russ Bowers and many nieces and nephews 

Dick cherished the time spent with Makiah Hampton, his great-granddaughter and had a special bond and close relationship with her; one many do not get the opportunity to experience with a great-grand parent. And, he talked about how he hoped to take Willow fishing and show her how he used to fish when he was a boy; he had plans to completely spoil her; yes sir.

In addition to his parents Dick was preceded in death by his brother and sisters and their spouses Edwin and Pearl Paisley, Eileen and Edgar Wilson, Charlotte and Carl (Bud) McCune, and his great-grandson Sawyer Hinebaugh. 

Per his wishes no services will be held and a caring cremation will be done with a private interment at a later date. 

Special thanks to all the caring staff at Helen Purcell, Sterling Suites, Genesis Hospital and Hospice Morrison House; they did a good job, yes sir.

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