Jean Ruth and Richard Lee DeWine
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DeWINE, Jean Ruth (Liddle) DeWINE, Richard (Dick) Lee Jean Ruth (Liddle) DeWine (83) passed away on October 28, 2008 at home in Yellow Springs, OH. Her husband of 65 years, Richard (Dick) Lee DeWine (85) passed away shortly after on November 1, 2008, also at their home. For many years, they were the owners of DeWine Seeds and the Ohio Twine Company in Yellow Springs. Jean was born on June 16, 1925, in Princeton, NJ, to Dr. Albert W. and Ruth P. Liddle. Dick was born on February 18, 1923 in Yellow Springs to George and Alice DeWine. Jean's family moved to Yellow Springs when she was two years old, after her father, who was a professor of literature, accepted a teaching position at Antioch College. When Dick was 17 and still in high school, his best friend went away for the summer and asked Dick to look after his girlfriend -- who happened to be 15 year-old Jean Liddle. Dick did -- and he and Jean were inseparable forever after. They married on September 2, 1943, when Jean was 18 and Dick was 20. After marrying, Dick and Jean lived in Sabina, OH. At just 18, Dick had started running the grain elevator there until he went into the U.S. Army as a Private in 1944. As a member of K Company, he fought in World War II, seeing combat in France, Germany, and Austria. Dick and his Company were sent to the Dachau concentration camp shortly after it was liberated in spring 1945. Throughout his life, he never forgot the horrific things that they saw there. He also never forgot the men with whom he served, having maintained friendships that spanned six decades. When Dick was discharged from the Army in 1946, he returned to Jean in Yellow Springs and joined his parents' seed business. In time, he would run it. With Jean right there working at the front desk, they turned the company from a local feed, coal, and seed business into an international trading giant and the country's leading exporter and importer of seed grains and grasses. Dick was a brilliant negotiator, trader, dealmaker, and investor, who built DeWine Seeds and the Ohio Twine Company on close personal relationships -- whether they were with local farmers, seed dealers, elevator operators, or international businessmen. These relationships, which he maintained until his death, allowed him to keenly understand the markets and to gather information to make trades and deals across the country and around the world in places as different as Uruguay, Poland, and Ireland. In January 1947, Dick and Jean's son Richard Michael (Mike) DeWine was born. Dick and Jean were devoted, loving parents, who taught Mike about life by their own example. Dinner table conversations in the DeWine home covered many topics, including current affairs and politics. Both Dick and Jean were always interested in politics. In the early 1960's, Jean began writing a weekly column in the local Yellow Springs News, articulating a conservative viewpoint -- a position that was not especially mainstream in Yellow Springs. She titled her column, "A View from the Right," and wrote it for a number of years with wholehearted support and encouragement from her husband and son. In 1959, Dick and Jean built a home on 24 acres on the edge of Yellow Springs. They spent years converting a pasture field on the property into a mosaic of grape vines; berry thickets; vegetable and flower gardens; and fruit, nut, and stately trees. It was here that Dick and Jean, who were extremely involved in the lives of their eight grandchildren (and eventually 11 great-grandchildren), put their grandchildren to work as they were growing up, teaching them how to weed; paint fences; prune trees; pick apples, cherries, and raspberries; and mow grass. Dick and Jean were both extraordinary teachers, who taught their grandchildren how to enjoy hard work and appreciate a job well done. After selling the seed business, Dick and Jean began to buy farmland. Having been involved in agriculture his whole life, Dick especially loved the land. They loved to travel to Ireland to visit the places from which Dick's ancestors had emigrated to Yellow Springs in the 1840s. Dick and Jean were also very active in their support of Father Tom Hagan and his organization Hands Together, who run the Becky DeWine School (named after their deceased granddaughter) in the poorest slum in Haiti. Over three years ago, Dick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which he battled heroically. Jean was always there for him. The two were inseparable, sharing over 65 years of marriage. (Continued next column)

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Published in Dayton Daily News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2008.
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November 11, 2008
How wonderful to have parents so in love that to exist one without the other was unthinkable....You all have had wonderful role models in Dick and Jean -- hard workers, compassionate, able to bring out the best in others while giving of themselves. They will be greatly missed, not only by family, but by friends and acquaintances as well. My thoughts and prayers are will you.
Judy Lowrey
November 4, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are old friends of your Mom and Dad, May They Rest in Peace.
Eddie Mack Family
November 3, 2008
Thank you so much for sharing your story, it was so wonderful, yet very sad that they both died so close to each other, May God hold them both in his big arms. May you both rest in peace.
November 3, 2008
Senator and Fran DeWine:
May the Good Lord comfort you during this sad and trying time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless!
Jack Barnhart
November 3, 2008
I extend my condolences, your Mother and Father were both wonderful people, but together they were exceptional.
Tommy Gorman
November 3, 2008
I never knew you but What a Wonderful Life. Much peace and happiness of above of which you are.
vanessa cooper
November 3, 2008
Dear Mike, Fran and all the DeWine family,

Karen and I send you our warmest thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow in your lives.

Your Mom and Dad truly proved that love is eternal. May God bless and comfort all of you at this time.
Tim Curtin
November 3, 2008
Dear Mike and Fran,
You and your family are in our prayers. Thank you so much for sharing their story with all of us. A life filled with such love and commitment is such an inspiration to all of us. Your parents helped make this world a better place and we are sure they are now reaping the reward of lives well lived.
Tim & Patty Miller
November 3, 2008
Eternal Rest Grant To Them O Lord, And May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them; May Their Souls Rest In Peace! REQUIESCAT IN PACE!
November 3, 2008
You are in our prayers! I loved the obituary on the life of your parents and how they were together and so much love! I thought that was beautiful!
God Bless!
Ludlow Falls Ohio residence
November 3, 2008
Senator DeWine and family
I am so saddened to hear about the passing of both your parents. The obituary was quite a tribute to them. It seems as though the Lord blessed them with a wonderful family and a wonderful life together for many years. I will continue to pray that the Lord will continue to comfort you and your in this time of grief. God bless you all.
Terry Terrell
November 2, 2008
Senator DeWine and Family: I am so sorry for your deep earthly loss of your parents. My prayers go out to all of you and may the LORD comfort you in your time of need. "I (the LORD) am with you and will watch over you wherever you go." Genesis 28:15 God Bless You
Karen Diehl
November 2, 2008
Dear Mike and Fran,
It is hard to lose both parents at once. They have been such a stalwart couple in our community. They will be greatly missed by a lot of people in Yellow Springs and the world.
May God bless you and all your family.
Carl and Lorena Hyde
Carl Hyde
November 2, 2008
Mike and Family,
I met you at Outlook Pointe, when you came to visit with your Aunt Polly and Uncle Jerry. I was saddened when Jerry passed away, now you have lost both parents. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. God bless you all!
Sylvia R. Clayton
November 2, 2008
Jean and Dick added such pleasure to our family's life. There aren't the words to express our respect and love for them both. We will remember them both with great love.
Tim and Kim Edwards
November 2, 2008
Mike, Fran and Family
For those who knew them, everyone was blessed to be a part of the lives of such a wonderful couple. I miss them and will keep them, and your family, in my thoughts and prayers.
Denise Bockelman
November 2, 2008
Our deepest sympathy to the Dewine family. We will remember you in our prayers and masses. We have fond memories of the entire family, and know how important it is to have such a wonderful relationship. There is a special place in heaven for Jean and Richard.

The Michael J. Pavelka Family
Michael (Mick) Pavelka
November 2, 2008
Dear Mike, Fran and Family:
I am so sorry for the loss of both your mother and father. I have known your parents for 25 years. They are two of the most caring and giving people I have ever known. They may be gone in body, but I know they are still here in spirit and looking down on their wonderful family. I would like to think that I am a better person for knowing both of them. May God Bless you all.
Christine Reeder
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