Richard L. "Dick" Puterbaugh

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Richard L. "Dick" Puterbaugh July 26, 1942 - July 28, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Richard L. " Dick " Puterbaugh, 72, passed away on Monday, 7/28/14. Dick was born July 26, 1942, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Robert C. and Marjorie (Jewell) Puterbaugh Sr. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Francis (Kercher) Puterbaugh, and brother, Robert C. Puterbaugh Jr. Dick graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Indiana, in 1960. He served his country from 1960 64 as a Corporal E-4 in the United States Marine Corps, including stops in Okinawa, and in Cuba during the missile crisis of 1962. Beginning in 1964, Dick worked in banking, finance and collections in Indiana his entire life, including National Bank, Teachers Credit Union, and Midwest Collections in South Bend. Dick was married to his best friend and love of his life, Cheryl, for 48 years. She survives at home, along with a daughter, Tracy (Steve) Abney of Phoenix, Arizona; a son, James Puterbaugh of South Bend; granddaughter, Megan Abney of Phoenix and Julianna Blosser of Goshen; a grandson, Gage Abney of Phoenix; nieces, Jackie Puterbaugh of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Dawn Harmon of Olathe, Kansas; and nephews, David Puterbaugh of Toledo, Ohio, Thomas Harris of Wilkinson, Indiana, and Josh Hamilton of Jackson, Tennessee. Dick is also survived by his sister, Patricia Gutierrez of Jackson, Tennessee. Dick was known to everyone close to him as "Putter." His life demonstrated a great sense of honor, faithfulness, and loyalty to friends and family, and his gift for storytelling and jokes will be missed. His comical "glare" - when another driver, friend or family member did something he disapproved of - was legendary. Dick's love of sports, including golf, the Cubbies, 'Da Bears,' NASCAR, and Notre Dame football, connected him with many. For many years he hosted the "Putter Open," a shuffle board tournament for National Bank employees and friends, held every Good Friday afternoon at the Pone Express in Mishawaka, Indiana. Dick was also known for the humorous speeches he gave at his Marion High School reunions. More than anything he enjoyed his life, family, and friends who meant the world to him. He was a member of the American Legion Post 161 in Mishawaka. He struggled with declining health for the past year. The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses and therapists at St. Joseph Medical Center, Michiana Health and Rehabilitation, the Visiting Nurses Association, The Center for Hospice Care, and especially Dr. Bialikiewicz, Dr. Shaihk, and Dr. Wu for their wonderful care during his illness. The family also has a warm thank you for family friends Mary Lou Thompson and Rich Worthington for their support during Dick's hospitalizations and therapy. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Center for Hospice Care or to The . A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16th, at 4 p.m. at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main Street, Mishawaka, IN, with visitation one hour before the service.


Funeral Home
Bubb Funeral Chapel
3910 N. Main
Mishawaka, IN 46545
574 255-3126
Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 14, 2014
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