Bilikam Richard Dean Bilikam, age 88, passed away unexpectedly at his home Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 15, 1925 and graduated in 1943 from Sunbury High School where he was class president. Throughout his life, he was a faithful member of 3 churches; the Church of Christ, Berkshire and Ashley United Methodist Churches. Richard married Erma Stiles on November 1, 1946 in Sunbury. For many years they lived on Wayside Farm, east of Kilbourne, where he was a painter and farmer. He was also a founding member of the Delaware Antique Tractor Club. Later, he worked as a building and groundskeeper for the Delaware Wastewater Plant. Richard and his wife loved to travel and had visited 48 states. They especially loved New England and traveled there for 20 straight years. Richard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Erma (Stiles); two children, Ben (Ann) Bilikam, and Amy (Ron) Ruggles; three grandchildren, Cindy (Jason) Des Jardins, Miles Bilikam, and Molly (Chad) Barnes; five great-grandchildren; sister, Vonna Fissell of Columbus; neighbors, Jim and Evelyn Brookens, Harold Gerhardt, and Joey and Debbie Held; also his good friend, Max Barger. He was preceded in death by a brother Ronald Bilikam. Friends may call on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ashley United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. with Pastor Erin Porter officiating. The burial will take place in the Oakgrove Cemetery in Delaware. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Ashley United Methodist Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Richard or to express a condolence to the Bilikam family may do so by visiting www.gompffh.com.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 12, 2014