MOUNT VERNON — Richard “Rick” Durfee, 53, of Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 22, 1963, in Columbus, the son of Floyd Russell Durfee and Jean Carol (Walraven) Goeppinger. Rick started his employment with American Electric Power in 1988 and was employed as a lineman for the last 29 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the Grace Community Church in Mount Vernon.

Rick enjoyed coaching football and spent five years coaching in the Knox County Colt Football League and three years coaching for the Mount Vernon Middle School football team. Rick’s two favorite hobbies were his family and work and that is where he spent most all of his time. He was a dedicated husband, father and great friend that will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Dee (Davis) Durfee whom he married on Jan. 26, 1985; his children, Megan Durfee, Morgan Durfee, Mason Durfee, Manny Durfee and Madison Durfee, all of Mount Vernon; and brothers and sisters, Rusty Durfee of Mount Vernon, Chuck (Sarah) Durfee of Crestline, Coni Tipton of Mansfield, Donna (Mike) Durbin of Centerburg, Troy (Ann) Durfee of Howard and J.R. (Rebecca) Goeppinger of Mount Vernon.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Saturday, May 20, from 1-3 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Roger Tickle officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions in Rick’s name may be made to the Grace Community Church, 18350 Hopewell Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Richard “Rick” Durfee.


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