Richard C. “Dick” Francis, 70, of Versailles, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. at his residence.  He was born on Jan. 5, 1944 in Greenville, to the late Carl and Amelia (Simon) Francis.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Mescher) Francis of Versailles, whom he married on July 25, 1992; son and daughter in law, Jeff and Angie Francis of Versailles; daughters and sons in law, Julie and Matt Traver of Findlay, and Carrie and Ken Schoen of Ft. Recovery; grandchildren, Ethan, Owen, Ava, Ella and Nora Schoen, Anne Traver, Kelsey, Ross and Collin Francis; mother in law, Sally Mescher of Versailles; brother, John Francis of Athens; sisters and brother in law, Linda and James Davidson of Versailles and Connie Droesch of Versailles; as well as extended family members of the Wehrkamp, Mescher and Francis families.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Francis; daughters, Laurie Ann Francis and Allyson Mescher; brother, Lawrence “Larry” Francis; infant sister, Mary Rose Francis; sister in law, Jan Francis; brother in law, Ralph Droesch; father and mother in law, Ernest “Slim” and Mary Jean Wehrkamp; and father in law, Ralph Mescher.

Dick worked as the Part’s Manager at Willowdell Sales as well as part time at Lefeld Implement.  He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid sports fan especially watching his kids and grandkids play.  He enjoyed playing softball, played baseball for the Western Ohio League, he enjoyed watching the Reds and loved yard work.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, with Rev. Fr. Ron Haft celebrant.  Burial will follow in the St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery, North Star.  Family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, as well as from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio, 45331. Condolences for the family may be expressed through


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