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Christ United Methodist Church
Saturday August 27th, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Christ United Methodist Church
Saturday August 27th, 2022

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Rev. Dr. Richard C. North

Rev. Dr. Richard C. North, age 87, left this world to enter the eternal realm August 8, 2022. He was a resident of Brookhaven Retirement Community in Brookville, Ohio for the past two and a half years. Preceding that, he pastored 56 years, serving many congregations, including 13 years as chaplain of Hill View Retirement Center in Portsmouth, Ohio.  During his ministry at Hill View, he earned his Doctor of Ministries degree at United Theological seminary in Dayton. He earned the distinction of being the oldest Doctoral program graduate, just shy of his 83rd birthday.  Reverend North served the Christ United Methodist Church, a merger of the Sciotoville/New Boston congregations, for nearly eighteen years. He also served as Spiritual Director for the Greater Scioto Valley Emmaus Community several times. His gravestone is inscribed with, ‘Preacher, Teacher, Singer of the Gospel’, reflecting his passion for all three areas of his ministry.  Surviving are his wife, Pat, and children: son Steve, of Toledo, Ohio; Jim (wife Rhoda) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter Shellie (Rev. John Richards) of Eaton, Ohio; son David (wife Debbie) of Blue Springs, Missouri, and beloved Lyn of Fremont, Ohio, as well as grandchildren Phoebe, Evie, Jason, Johanna, Jennifer, Lauren, Jonathan, Jonny, and Steven; step-grandsons Jason and Sean; and also, six great-grandchildren comprise the family tree.  Visitation for Richard will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5725 Gallia Street, Portsmouth, OH, followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm.  Gard Funeral Home, Eaton is assisting with arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Christ UMC, Sciotoville, Ohio, or Hill View Retirement Center, Portsmouth, Ohio. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gardfuneralhome.com.

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Dick lovingly and gently pastored us through important beginnings. He came to Brice when Barbara and I had been married just one week. He saw us off when I went into the Navy three months later. He was there when we announced to Brice Church that we were expecting our first child, and that I was being sent to Vietnam. His solid loving support meant so much to us, and provided us with a sound foundation in our faith and our life. We look forward to seeing him at the beginning of our launch into the next and forever life.

Barbara and Bob Ingram Aug 13 2022 11:44 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Dr. Richard North

Tony & Paula Sturgeon Aug 13 2022 11:41 AM

Dick was a great person and I send you all my prayers and condolences

Rev. Martha Gross Aug 12 2022 12:27 PM

Dick was a wonderful pastor, as well as a great personal friend to me. His influence as a Christian leader will impact people for years to come.

Michael Berne Aug 11 2022 6:37 PM

I fondly recall Dick and Pat, particularly our trip to Serpent Mound and our visit to their home. My late husband, Chuck, was a cousin and spoke of Dick with affection. I send my condolences to Pat and their children. God bless you all with good memories.

Ann Pettee Aug 11 2022 9:49 AM

Rev. North meant so much to my parents, who reside at Hillview Retirement Community. He ministered to our family so beautifully during my father’s illness and death. He was a pleasure to know. I’m sure he and my father are having a nice visit in heaven. God bless your family..

Yvonne & Tom Tumblin/Crabtree family Aug 11 2022 7:41 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Dr. Richard North

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A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Dr. Richard North

Rick and Jane Kirchoff Aug 10 2022 11:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Dr. Richard North

Julia Basham Aug 10 2022 10:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rev. Dr. Richard North

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