Richard T. Bardall, age 80, of Tippecanoe died the morning of Friday, December 18, 2020 in Trinity West Hospital, Steubenville, Ohio.
He was born August 19, 1940; a son of the late Elmer Theodore Bardall and Ruth Anita Hoop Bardall.
Richard was a 1958 graduate of Freeport High School and received the American Farmer Award in 1961. He was a lifetime farmer and was a long time Harrison Hills School board member. He was a member of the West Chester United Methodist Church.
Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Mary Marlene Phillips Bardall. They were married June 12, 1959.
Also surviving are six children: Mark (Jenn) Bardall, Scott (Tricia) Bardall, Jannette (Dan) Haas, Jay (Leslie) Bardall, Steve (Kristin) Bardall, Rachelle (Kelly Snyder) Bardall; twenty-two grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one on the way, and two sisters, Judy Luyster and Sandy Devore.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, (Earl), a sister-in-law, (Jenny), mother and father-in-law (Vernon and Mary Phillips), a granddaughter (Sarah) and a great-granddaughter (Athena).
Along with Marlene and his children, Richard owned and operated Rich Mar Farms. The farm featured registered Holsteins for over fifty years. Grandsons and granddaughters assisted with farm work to continue the farm operation. In recent years, after the sale of the dairy cows, the farm transitioned into a beef operation and cash crop business. Over the last thirty years a number of local boys worked with and for Richard on the farm. (Cyrus, Gump, Koch, etc.) Their service and loyalty was invaluable.
Richard was a devoted family man and passionate farmer. He treasured watching his children and grandchildren play sports and show animals (Dairy cattle, particularly at local fairs). He also enjoyed traveling in the western states and attending rodeos. He is beloved by his family and will be sorely missed.
Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Freeport Presbyterian Church on Monday, December 21, 2020 with the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim McConnell and Rick Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport.
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