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Richard "Dick" LaVon Enfield
October 15, 1933 ~ May 20, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Richard L. “Dick” Enfield, 89, of Elkhart, was called home to be with the Lord and reunited with his wife, Mary Ellen, on Saturday May 20, 2023. He was born in Edon, OH on October 15, 1933, to the late Herman and Vera (Jack) Enfield.
Dick is survived by his sons, Jack (Shannon), Rich (Jessica), Chris, and Pete (Cris Piquinela) Enfield; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Nathan, Davis, Colton, Caitlin, Kelsey, and Adam; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Raymond, Russell (Kay), Roscoe (Donna), and Rollie (Mary) Enfield; sister, Marleen (Paul) Nichols; daughter-in-law, Patti Enfield; sister-in-law, Jodi Enfield; and niece and nephew, Mike and Sheryl Anderson. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Ronald, Johnny, and Marilyn Enfield and sister-in-law, Sue Enfield.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart. Funeral services will take place at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Phil Byars officiating. A burial will follow with military honors at Adamsville Cemetery in Michigan.
Dick was a kind, generous man who served the Lord passionately. Upon graduation from high school, Dick enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Officer Candidate program, eventually becoming an ordained minister. Shortly thereafter, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy and served proudly for 20 years as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, Dick returned to college, earning a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. He worked in Tulane’s athletic department for 6 years before moving to Elkhart to be closer to his large family. Dick was hired at CTS in 1978 where he enjoyed a long career until retiring. Post retirement, Dick enjoyed living on the lake. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Elkhart and was a regular volunteer for the American Legion in White Pigeon and the Popcorn Guild at the Sturgis Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening, watching IU and Butler Basketball, hosting family gatherings and fish fry’s, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be given to The Salvation Army, 300 N. Main St. Elkhart, IN 46516.