Dr. Richard Eugene Jeffreys of Warsaw, Ind., died at 5:12 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 75.
He was born on July 2, 1942 in Uniontown, Pa., to Robert Earl Jeffreys and Mary Jane (Cooley) Jeffreys. On August 28, 1965 he was married in Morgantown, W. Va., to Kathy J. (Becilla) Jeffreys, who survives.
He had a love of learning and earned his Bachelors degree, his Masters degree, and received his PhD in Biochemistry from West Virginia University. Richard moved to Kosciusko County, Ind., in 1975 and retired as a professor and chair of the Biology Department from Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., after 40 years teaching hundreds of students. He was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, enjoyed gardening, walking and most of all he loved his family.
Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Kathy J. Jeffreys (Warsaw, Ind.); son: Dwight D. (Leslie) Jeffreys (Warsaw, Ind.); and his daughter: Rachel M. (Jeff) Grose (Warsaw, Ind.). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren (all of Warsaw, Indiana): Lucas (Emily) Grose; Derek, Jack and Lauren Grose; Kyrsta (Adam) Lenon; Andrew (Hannah) Jeffreys; Brenna Jeffreys; four great-grandchildren: Daniel, Jacob, and Oliver Lenon; and Alden Jeffreys; and three brothers: Robert E. (Sandy) Jeffreys Jr. (Hopewell, Va.); Edward D. (Barbara) Jeffreys (Vero Beach, Fla.); Daniel L. (Sheila) Jeffreys (West Virginia). He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Ind. There will also be viewing an hour prior to the service at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
His funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind., and officiated by Pastor Bruce Barlow. A private family graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be directed to Grace College and Theological Seminary, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Ind., 46590 to go towards The Aspire Campaign-Science Center; Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind., 46590 to go towards Imagine the Potential; or to Feed My Starving Children, P.O. Box 272, Winona Lake, Ind., 46590 and would be appreciated by the family.