Richard (Dick) L. Dayhoff, 86, of Smithsburg, MD, peacefully left the arms of his loving wife and their home on June 10, 2019, to journey to the arms of Jesus and his eternal home where he was finally healed.
Born December 2, 1932, in Smithsburg, MD, he was preceded in death by his parents George Dayhoff and Mary Martin Dayhoff, as well as his brothers Walter Dayhoff and George (Bill) Dayhoff. He attended Smithsburg High School, was a baptized member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and was a member of the American Legion Post 42 and Amvets Post 10. With honor, he served in the U.S. Army in the 141st Armed Signal Company from 1951 to 1953.
Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rachel Dayhoff, who tenderly cared for him during his last months of life, and children Susan Fisher and husband Bill, Michael Dayhoff and wife Carrie, and Barbara Grove and husband Andy, all of Smithsburg. Also, bringing him much joy, he is survived by grandchildren, Shanna Byrd and husband Pete, Brandon Fisher and wife Abby, Tiffany Dayhoff, Megan Dayhoff and partner Derek, Paige Dayhoff and fiancé Brent, Adam Simons and fiancé Erinn, Dylan Grove, and Isaac Grove. Additionally, blessed beyond measure, he is survived by great-grandchildren, Max, Lucie, Piper, Lily, Nash, Eliana, Harper, and Whitney. Last, but certainly not least, he is survived by sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors who meant the world to him.
Dick worked as a supervisor at Doubleday Book Binding Company and as an offset press operator at Reynolds & Reynolds until his retirement in 1995. He was a man of many talents, an electrician, a plumber, a builder, and a mechanic; he was able to fix and/or build just about anything. And most important, Dick shared his talents by lending a helping hand to anyone in need and passing on those talents to his family. He loved to go to auctions, have yard sales, go crabbing, listen to carnival entertainment, tinker in the garage, and attend his grandsons’ little league baseball games. But most important, he loved his family and they knew that without a doubt!
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2:00pm at the J. L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD, with Pastor Virgil Cain officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be offered at www.jldavis-fh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Richard L. Dayhoff to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, 8 Maple Avenue, Smithsburg, MD 21783.
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