Russell “Dick” Earley Sr., 75, of Wilmington, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Barbara I. Earley. They were married November 24, 1961, and were married for 49 years. Mr. Earley was born June 6, 1935, in Wilmington, Ohio, son of the late Roy T. Earley Sr. and Roseanna Grooms Earley.
Mr. Earley and his wife were the owners of the Lucky Horseshoe Bar and Grill in Wilmington for more than 20 years. He served in the Ohio National Guard for 16 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington, and the United States Trotting Association. He graduated in 1953 from Wilmington High School. He loved to play poker, work in his wood shop, and was an avid horseman. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Rusty (Linda) Earley of Lebanon, Ohio and James Hardinge of Wilmington, Ohio; three daughters, Toni Kirsch of Wilmington, Ohio, Helen (Gary Brannon) Rowlands of Wilmington, Ohio, and Vivian Wertz of Sabina, Ohio; a brother, Marvin (Judy) Earley; a sister, Peggy (Ralph) Bayless; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Brian) Puckett, Abigail Bills, Kym Sedam, Barbara (Darrick) Abney, Russell D. Earley III, Troy Earley, Sarah Wertz, and Nicholas Brannon; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful, loving canine companions, Cocoa and Carley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 10 siblings, Goldie Earley, Beatrice Earley, Winnfred Earley, Doris Davis, Irene Black, Rosalie Camp, Robert Earley, Roy Earley, Mary Hampton, and Dorothy Stratton.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, April 15, 2011 at Bible Baptist Church, 55 Megan Drive, Wilmington, Ohio. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 49 Memorial Squad. Friends may call from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, 45420, or a charity of the donor’s choice.