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Dahms, Richard William “Dick”

Dahms, Richard William “Dick”

October 4, 1931 — April 9, 2019

Richard William "Dick" Dahms, 87, of Country Club, MO, passed away April 9, 2019, at his home with family at his side. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am, followed by funeral services at 12 noon, on Saturday, April 13, at Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop, MO. Burial will follow at Lathrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Moila Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 701 North Noyes, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

Dick was born October 4, 1931, in Deepwater, MO, the son of Lester "Bud" and Pauline (Carter) Dahms. Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by a sister, Lelia.

Dick was a graduate of Central Missouri State University and received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Missouri at Columbia. His many years in law practice included serving as Assistant Attorney General of Missouri under John M. Dalton, Assistant City Counselor of St. Joseph, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Buchanan County, 12 years as Judge of the Buchanan County Probate Court, and eight years as Public Defender of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Dick is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Joseph, a Mason and former member of Moila Shrine Temple. He was also named an All-American Wheelchair Basketball player in 1964.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris; children, Rick Dahms (Kristine), Tim Dahms (Lisa), Page Spain (Alan), Bailey Dahms-May (Jim) and Courtney Pine (Dan); five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; sisters, Judy Dahms and Mary Lou Robinson; as well as other family members and friends.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 11:00 am, followed by funeral services at 12 noon, on Saturday, April 13, at Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel, 901 Clinton Street, Lathrop, MO. Burial will follow at Lathrop Cemetery.

Dahms, Richard William “Dick”'s Guestbook

It's hard to believe I first met Dick for 35 years ago when he hired me to work in the Public Defender's Office. I'm so glad we kept in touch all these years. Dick was not only a great boss but a wonderful friend. I will miss him very much!

Belinda Kempf

Enjoyed talking and golfing with Mr. Dahms.

Grant Thomas

Dick was so nice to me thru my years at Eagle Radio and we all will miss him greatly. I'm grateful I got to see what a sharp attorney he was in a court of law. (Glad he was on our side). I really enjoyed my visit with him a few weeks ago while he was at Living Community. My best to Delores and the entire family! Gary Exline

Gary Exline

My thoughts are with Deloris and the entire Dahms family during this most difficult of times. On a personal level I can’t begin to count the number of great lunches I enjoyed with Dick, Deloris and other guests over the years. Dick never lacked for a great story from yesteryear to the current, he always was there with a tale to tell. I will miss his friendship, smile and wonderful sense of humor. Dick helped me with the broadcast of Missouri Western State University basketball games for a while and I know he really liked doing that. Thank you Dick for the great memories. Bob Orf

Bob Orf

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