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Richard Lumpkin

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PIQUA — Richard J. "Dick" Lumpkin, 74, of Piqua, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Piqua, on April 22, 1940, to the late Richard and Geneva (Leedom) Lumpkin. On Aug. 31, 1997, in Piqua, he married Judith K. Gilliland. She preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 2012.

Dick is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Cindy Lumpkins, Piqua, and one daughter, Darla Herbst, Piqua; four stepchildren, Kathy and Jay Nickle, Sedalia, Mississippi, Kimberly and Bruce Bockrath, Maria Stein, Kris North, Fletcher, Dan and Kellie Pierce, Piqua; one sister, Phyllis Wirt, Piqua; 12 grandchildren, Cody, Cheyanne, Ashley, Shelby, Kasie, Kyle, April, Dusty, Amanda, Brooke, Adam, Lindsey; nine great-grandchildren, Travis, Dalton, Peyton, Carter, Blayne, Brooklyn, Bailey, Bekah and Carter.

He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, John Wirt.

Dick started his career in the automotive industry as a young teenager in the late 1950s. He was raised and went to school in Piqua and started working around cars when he was about 12 or 13, when he learned from a neighbor by helping him work on his 1940 Ford. From that experience Dick caught the automotive repair bug. When he was about 15 or 16, he worked for Adrian Roul in his Body Shop. In the early 1960s, Dick started his own auto repair business located on Wood Street in Piqua. He later purchased that building from Paul Sherry. From there he bought the old Bordon's Building on Roosevelt Street and relocated as Dick's Paint & Body. He sold that shop and ran a couple salvage yards but was eventually drawn back into the repair business. He operated out of the facility at 517 N. Main St. for several years, known as Dick Lumpkin's Auto Body, but due to the increase in business and the need for a larger facility, Dick purchased land on R.M. Davis Parkway and was the first business built on that road. In 2000, he built an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art full service auto body repair facility with equipment and personnel to accommodate all of ones auto body needs. In 2002, he expanded another 12,000 square feet. Dick eventually retired and son, Mike and Cindy Lumpkin, now own and run the shop.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with Chaplain Ed Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Project Life Saver, 100 N. Wayne Street, Piqua, OH 45356 or Hospice of Miami County, P. O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowwers.com.


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Published in Sidney Daily News from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2014