Richard "Dick" Soulsby

December 16, 1933 - March 5, 2017
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Mike, Cathy, Meg & Isabelle Smith Light a candle


Richard Gene “Dick” Soulsby, 83, of New Philadelphia, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Eugene Ralph and Eleanor Emma (Fanti) Soulsby, Dick was born December 16, 1933 at Uhrichsville, Ohio.

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Richard Gene “Dick” Soulsby, 83, of New Philadelphia, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Eugene Ralph and Eleanor Emma (Fanti) Soulsby, Dick was born December 16, 1933 at Uhrichsville, Ohio.

Dick graduated from Dennison High School in 1951. Then on April 3, 1952, Dick entered the United States Navy and honorably served his country until his discharge on April 13, 1956. Following his service in the Navy, he chose to pursue a career with the National Security Agency and ultimately served as the most senior civilian representative to EUCOM. For his dedication to the NSA, Dick received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award on February 28, 1989. He was extremely proud to have served the United States Government for more than 37 years.

He enjoyed cars and was a member of the Corvette Club. Dick also enjoyed home projects but most of all he enjoyed helping others.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Rae (Goethel) Soulsby; his children, Sharon (Richard) Rentz of North Carolina; Brian Soulsby of New Philadelphia and Mark (Mariclaire) Soulsby of Medina; his grandchildren, Miranda and Jaryd Rentz of North Carolina and Ashley (Dan) Hibbard of Virginia; two great grandchildren, Kyle and Dylan Hibbard of Virginia; a sister, Violet Moody of Dennison; a special nephew, Donn Moody of Dover as well as other nieces and nephews.

In Keeping with Dick’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services and cremation will take place through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Dick by visiting the funeral home website,

Contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the Salvation Army, 809 Emmet Avenue NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Born: December 16, 1933
Died: March 5, 2017

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Du=ick and Ginny Tattarelli posted on 3/15/17

Dick and I were not only coworkers but close neighbors in Fairfax, Va. We shared quite a few projects around and in our homes. Did was an expert working with building a garage, adding a window and installing i a pool and a new deck. He also was good at car maintance. W carpooled together until I left for NSA Europe. After my return, I encouraged Dick to consider an assignment to NSA Europe. Dick did and had a very successful interaction with the Command. Our son Tony interacts with both Dicks and Donna’s son's. God bless Donna and the family


Jane Hadley posted on 3/12/17

Dall ear Donna & family, I never knew you but I think my brother did (John Whitaker). I first met Dick when he came from Dennison's Park School to Dennison High School. We shared many classes and so I Know how smart he was. I don't know if it was lack of confidence or something else, but I would hurt for him when he would recite because his lips would tremble. But I admired him, because he never avoided or refused to take part.and it must have been hard for him. I know a little about what it meant to get into the service that he did, because John was supposed to get into that. But after all the interviews, etc., we were warned not to talk to others about it. In fact, the man who came to talk to me wouldn't even talk to me until I went outside where my husband couldn't hear us. In spite of the warnings, my mother sent a little thing to the newspaper and that was the end of that part of John's service. I saw Dick at a class reunion and have other family connections so I was glad for him when I learned how he was doing. My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. God be with you, Jane Hadley


Mark & Mariclaire Soulsby posted on 3/10/17

Dad we would like to say thank you for all of the good advice you gave us over the years. Thank you for helping us in our times of need and for instilling that value in us. We had lots of great times on trips and while working on cars and home projects. We regret past disagreements but realize they did allow us to learn more about each other's tolerances. Hoping you are reunited with friends and family, getting in lots of fishing and driving your dream car! There is a hole in our souls, but we will try to stay positive through memories. Love and God bless - Mark & Mariclaire


Linda Walton posted on 3/9/17

May God's peace be with the family in this difficult time. Love is never ending.


Linda Walton posted on 3/9/17

Well, this is the first time I've cried in a very long time. Mostly because Sharon is a sister and soulmate to me, and I feel pretty much like I will when my own father passes. I was a silly teenager when I met Mr. Soulsby, sneaking and hiding, as silly teenagers do. I never really knew him until much later, when he came to help Rick, Sharon and I to build our little cabin in Rutherfordton. I was amazed at how talented and hard working he was, and what a kind heart he had. Then came the reno of the old rv! I've never seen an older man work harder than Dick, I was worried for his health. But he wasn't worried, he was completely consumed with helping get that thing going. Listening to his stores those nights, and being comforted by his sweet soul and humor, made me realize I had never really known Dick all this time, after being his daughter's close friend for over forty years. I now understand where so much of Sharon's tenderness and giving comes from. Thank you, Dick Soulsby, for living a good life, raising an awesome family, and leaving us down here better for having known you. Rest now in God's sweet peace until we are all together again. Love,Linda and Tom


Dan posted on 3/9/17

I was very blessed to have Dick in my life. He was a friend, mentor and grandfather I never had. I will always be thankful for the advice and wisdom he passed on to me, challenging me to be the best for my family and children while living a life well lived. He played an instrumental part in my life, though I only knew him for a short part of his. His legacy will far outlive the years we spent with him, but he will be deeply missed. My heart and prayers with his family.


Miranda posted on 3/8/17

Grandpa, I have never known a person to be more wise and caring in just about every aspect of life. I don't think there was anything you couldn't do, and even had a heck of a story to go along with it! You truly left an impact on anyone lucky enough to spend time around you. I admire so much about you and wish that you could be here to continue to guide us all with your words of wisdom. In the mean time, look down us and rest easy up there. Love you always, Miranda


Ashley Hibbard posted on 3/8/17

Grandpa, You were the kindest, smartest, funniest man I have ever known. You taught me compassion and kindness for others. You taught me the importance of family. You provided me with a safe and secure place to fall when I needed a soft place to land. Your advice has been invaluable to me, from getting married, to starting a career, to raising children. I will always cherish our talks. You were a great storyteller, even when we were hearing them for the second or third time! I don't know how life is going to continue without you in it, but I know you're shining down on all of us. And I have no doubt that you'll continue to help us in our times of need. My life will be forever enriched because I have had the joy of knowing and loving you. I love you so much and miss you terribly already.


Sharon Rentz posted on 3/8/17

My dad taught me a lot of life lessons but the one that sticks put the most, that I try to emulate, is to be a servant. Serve your family, friends, strangers, all those you encounter, with a willing heart, expecting nothing in return. The act of doing someone a kindness is reward enough. My dad was the hardestworking, cheerfullest giver and wisest counselor I know. I am so proud to be his daughter!


Jeff & Sally Paisley posted on 3/7/17

Brian & Family , so very sorry for your loss. You will always have your memories to cherish ! You have our deepest sympathy . God Bless !


Tony Tattarelli posted on 3/7/17

Where to even start... Dick and Donna were probably at my folks' house within a few days of them first bringing me home. I remember crawling up into Dick's GTO. The rumble and the smell of the exhaust... Made me all ( to use Brian's term ) Muskoogitty! I remember being at their house a few days after they brought Mark home for the first time. I was also there the day he brought the Vette home. Didn't get a ride that day but a few days later, Dick came by and I got my first ride in a Corvette. I was 7 or 8. Playing and all of the birthday parties in yours and our basements... Even meeting up while on vacation. I believe that was Myrtle Beach. But the fondest memory was Dick teaching me how to paint cars. A skill I use to this day. He took an interest in my high school project car and helped me complete it, and to a level I never expected. It was gorgeous! He taught me how to do things right. The words "Thank you" just don't say enough. Family, friend, neighbor, mentor... I am so grateful for our visit together last year. I got to share many things with Dick including stories about my dad at work that, years ago, we never could have shared. To the family: my heart cries with you, and I wish that your grief is quickly displaced by all of the wonderful memories of sharing a life well lived. God Bless you Dick, and rest in peace.


jeff soulsby posted on 3/7/17

my father always spoke fondly of Dick


susan harris posted on 3/7/17

Uncle Dick You were such a special uncle and one of the kindest men I have known. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to so many. I ask God to be with Aunt Donna and give her peace to go on without her best friend You will truly be missed by many. Love you forever Susan


brian soulsby posted on 3/7/17

Dear Dad, You taught me many things in my lifetime. You were my father, friend, teacher, financial consultant, spiritual adviser and many, many other things. I saw how important people were to you and I learned how to treat others from you. I will always remember you saying " I have never said no to someone who asked me for help." My prayers are with you and I wish you peace and love. God bless.


Mike, Cathy, Meg & Isabelle Smith posted on 3/6/17

Dick was always the kindest person you'd ever meet. We all loved hearing all his stories and enjoyed spending time with him, Donna & Brian. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss him dearly.