Born: December 20, 1916
Died: August 14, 2006
Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw
Rev. Richard L. Anthony, age 89, passed away Monday evening, August 14, 2006, at the Lighthouse Care Center in Warsaw, Missouri. He was born in Willoughby, Ohio, on December 20, 1916, the son of Edwin L. and Mary Lucille Ryan Anthony.
On October 22, 1942, he was inducted into the United States Army, serving as a combat veteran of World War II. He was a Tank Gunner in the 259th Tank Battalion of the 9th Armored Division for three years in central Europe receiving two Bronze Stars for service above and beyond the call of duty and the Purple Heart for wound received in action in Germany on March 2, 1945. He was discharged from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on October 27, 1946, as Corporal in the 3rd Battalion of the 28th Infantry Division.
In 1943, he was united in marriage to Wanda Coffman at Willoughby, Ohio. Following his service, they made their home in Painesville, Ohio, later moving to Kansas City in 1951.
He was a heating and air-conditioning engineer while living in Kansas City and upon moving to Warsaw in1973, he owned and operated Service HALP.
In 1975 Dick began his ministry as a lay pastor at the Shiloh Church in southwest Benton County. In 1981 Dick was licensed in the ministry and served as Pastor for the Shiloh, Knobby, Edwards, Cole and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches and later served as Associate Pastor for the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. Dick retired after preaching his final service on Easter Sunday of 2003.
He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw and taught the McCormick Sunday School Class. He also enjoyed sharing his talent of playing spoons to the beat of the music. He was fond of all the children, big or small, and was a partner in the Bubble Gum ministry with his beloved friend, Francis Haynes. He enjoyed writing poetry and had published many of his poems in his edition “A Handful of Clay”
On July 15, 2006, Dick was honored with an open house and a “book signing” at the Lighthouse Care Center in Warsaw. Over one hundred people visited him for that celebration. He was quite honored and also humbled by the attention of his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his only child, Frank Anthony, on March 10, 1991.
Dick is survived by his wife, Wanda, of Warsaw, five grandsons, Bobby Anthony, Sean Anthony, Cliff Anthony, Travis Anthony and Tommy Myers, and a granddaughter, Randi Anthony, other relatives and a community of caring and loving friends.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday morning, August 17, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church in Warsaw, with Rev. Warren Campbell and Rev. Pete Grayum officiating. Burial will be in the Shawnee Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:00 A.M. Thursday morning prior to the services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton County Hospice or the Warm House in care of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, Missouri.