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Richard “Dick” Verschelden

December 14, 2020

Richard “Dick” Verschelden, 70, died on December 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

He was born July 17, 1950, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Ernest and Josephine (Newton) Verschelden. He was raised in Peabody and attended Peabody-Burns High School, graduating with the class of 1968. He then attended Emporia State University.

Prior to retirement, Richard worked as a manufacturer for Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems.

On November 26, 1994, in Newton, Richard married Martha “Marti” Lee. They celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary this year.

Richard loved spending time with family, particularly his grandchildren. He took every chance to spend time with them.

Richard could always be found out in the yard working, gardening, and making things with Liam. He was never afraid of hard work and would often go help his best friend Fred out on the farm. Richard was an avid Chiefs fan and was excited to watch them win the 2020 SuperBowl.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marti Verschelden; sons, Brian Verschelden and Jason Avants; daughter, Bonnie (Ryan) Garcia; 9 grandchildren; brother, Jim (Pat) Verschelden; and sister, Marilyn (Edward) Church. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Due to current COVID guidelines, a memorial service will take place next spring.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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20 thoughts on “Richard “Dick” Verschelden

  1. Heaven definitely gained an angel. He loved his family and his wife so much. He will be missed by so many. It was a blessing to know him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Godspeed Richard!

  2. My deepeat condolences. Love hugs and prayers to you Marti , Bonnie, Jason, Brian and all of your families.

  3. I am honored to have met and help take care of him. My love and prayers to the family.

    The LaGree’s

  4. Marti, Eddie and I are so sorry for this news. I’m sorry you are having to go through this. You are in our hearts and prayers. You and your family, Bonnie, Liam and brothers, all of you are sent love.

  5. My deepest sympathy to each of Richard’s family members. He was a wonderful man, huband, dad and granddad. My prayers and God’s blessings be with you all. Know that Richard is in our Heavenly Father’s Hands and at peace. Marti I do know your pain.

  6. My heart is hurting, the loss of my friend, my like brother n law, my Chiefs buddy has been really really hard. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace Richard, I will forever miss you.

  7. Sorry for your loss. He was a great person. I used to work for Marti, I know him before they marrying. Very good memories. My deepest sympathy to Marti and family.

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