Richard “Dick” Eugene Wingate, 75, passed away on February 16, 2021, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Findlay on September 3, 1945, to the late Wesley and Adeline (Tong) Wingate.
He is survived by his children, Dustin Wingate, in Colorado, and Danielle (Sean) Embree, in California. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lisa (Erick) Eller-Johns, Daniel (Heather) Wingate, Dylan Wingate, Tea Embree, Sean Embree; stepgrandchildren, Logan Shay and Scottie Shay; and great-grandchildren, Trinity and Orion Johns, and Hayden Wingate. He is also survived by his brother, Terry (Rita) Wingate; and his ex-wife, Deb Mullens Viergutz.
He is also survived by a niece, Tonya (Dr. Kent) Hawkins and three nephews, Terry L. Wingate, Scott Wingate and Josh Wingate.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Wingate; his niece, Jennifer Wingate and his daughter-in-law, Brenda Wingate.
Richard worked for 30 years, starting at Ford Motor Co. and during his years there made several inventions that Ford patented. Bendix and Honeywell later owned the company.
He was an outdoorsman and avid fisherman. He was very thankful for all his fishing buddies, who he made many good memories with. He was also an excellent bowler, and former Motocross rider, which earned him the nickname, "Two Shoes." He loved Corvettes and Harleys, and got his pilot's license. He always felt "the need for speed!" He also had a very close relationship with his brothers, Terry "Bolt" and Jim "Putter." In their youth, they had many "escapades."
In lieu of COVID-19, there will be no services at this time, but later the family will hold a celebration of life, which is what Dick would want, a party to celebrate his life and memories. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's.
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