LANDECK — Richard (Dick) Youngpeter, 86, died on December 3, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 14, 1933 in Landeck to Clarence and Alma (Shirack) Youngpeter.
On May 25, 1957, he married Marilyn M. Schumaker, who preceded him in death. Special friend, Alma Jean Schroeder, survives in Fort Jennings.
Dick grew up a "farm boy" in Landeck and later worked as a manufacturing representative for Kill Bros Co and Unverferth Mfg proudly selling gravity grain boxes throughout the Midwest and Canada. He was an altar boy at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck and was a 75 year member of the Landeck Catholic Order of Foresters. He was also a member of the St. John Evangelist Catholic Church of Delphos and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the American Legion. He was known for his belief in service, good humor, and a tender heart with a very competitive spirit.
In 2007 he was inducted into the Delphos St. Johns Hall of Fame for Athletic Achievement. For years he shared his passion for basketball with whoever he could to help them develop skills and determination. He started the boys' basketball grade school basketball programs at St. Johns in 1968 and later did the same for the girls' basketball junior high program in 1977.
He loved his Ohio State Buckeyes, as he was an honored member of the Varsity O Club. For The Ohio State University he was the 1959 Captain of the baseball team and clean-up hitter, as well as playing on the JV basketball team. He took some time between his college years to join the military and served honorably from 1953 through 1955 in Germany and played for the army's Northern Area Command Black Knights basketball team in Europe.
Survivors include a son, Daniel (Dao) Youngpeter. Also surviving four daughters Cindy Ginter (Ronnie Vires), Sue (Neil) Hohenbrink, Lois MacLennan (Dan Grothouse), and Kay (Matt) Clark, and three brothers Don Youngpeter, Leon (Diane) Youngpeter, Joe Youngpeter, and a sister Ruth (Ron) Falter. Thirteen grandchildren survive Romie (Shifawn) Youngpeter, Rachel (Kyle) Osting, Nam Tran, Samantha and Spencer Ginter, Anthony (Lily), Brook, and Tanner Hohenbrink, Mitchell, Mallory, and Luke MacLennan, and Stephanie and Jimmy Clark; 5 great grandchildren, Hayleigh Bacome and Carsten and Brexley Youngpeter, Knox and Gillian Osting.
He was preceded in death by a sister Annie Ruen, 2 sisters in-laws Helen Youngpeter and Carol Youngpeter, and brother in-law Fred Ruen, and 2 son in-laws Michael Ginter and Kirk MacLennan.
A funeral mass will be conducted on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Delphos Veteran's Council.
Calling hours will be Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Weber Funeral Home, Delphos. And a Parish Wake service on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. also at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. John's Athletic Fund. Online condolences can be made to www.weberfh.com. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with the state order, masks are mandatory at the funeral home and church. The Family would like to thank The Meadows and Mercy Home Health and Hospice for their kind care.