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Catlin - Richard N. "Dick" France, 81, of Catlin went to be with the Lord at 2:09 am on Monday, December 5, 2016 at his home.

Dick was born July 1, 1935 in Covington, Indiana to Kenneth and Pauline Mendenhall France. He married Joyce Carder on May 29, 1965 in Catlin, Illinois. She survives. Also surviving are: two daughters: Kelly (Keith) Lyons of Sidell and Paige (Brian) Nightlinger of Urbana; one brother: Eldon (Christine) France of Covington, Indiana; Eight grandchildren: Corby (Melisa) West, Kendyl (Jacob) Wear, Mason (Melissa) Stout, Faith (Josh) Horton, Grace Stout, Areanna Nightlinger, De'ja Nightlinger, Randy (John) Kincaide, and Jamie Nightlinger; and two great-grandchildren: Harper And Paelyn Horton.

Dick had been chief of security at the General Motors Tilton Foundry for 36 years, retiring in 1991. He also had been employed at Danville Wholesale Paper Supply for 12 years. He believed Jesus Christ was his Savior and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton. He loved motorcycling and served as the American team manager on the International level in the Olympics of Cross Country Motorcycling in both Italy and Spain. He was campaign manager for C.O.T.A. otherwise known as Children's Organ Transplant Association and helped raise funds for Zach Carder to receive a liver transplant when he was only two years old. He was a member of the Canadian Revival Fellowship, the Christian Businessmen's Association, Danville Camp of Gideon's International. He enjoyed constructing log homes and especially working on the Carder Lodge in Ontario Canada and spent many hours in his woodworking shop.

Funeral services 10 am Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton with Pastor Scott McCurdy officiating. Burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery, Danville. Visitation 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton. Memorials to C.O.T.A. in care of Robison Chapel. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
Published on December 6, 2016
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