RICHARD LYNCH STORY
Richard (Dick) Lynch was the younger of two
Jim and Myrna Lynch. He was born Jan. 4, 1942 in
Charleston. As he grew up he was the outward
going one of the two. His older
brother is James Arthur who lives in the
Danville area. The age difference between
the two was over 12 years. Dick was
practically raised up as an only child but
Dick were very close in spite of the wide
age spread. Dick spent a lot of time
around Louise and family. He, Tom Foreman
and other teen friends liked to
visit Louise on the front porch of 408 Madison. I can remember
many of these visits. He had that "Lynch"
humor down to an art.
His father, Jim was very well liked at the
Shoe Factory, where he was superintendent.
Jim was also
prominent in the horse racing circuit,
especially at the Coles County Fair.
DICK BABY-SITS FOR TAYLOR BOYS
Dick would take Red and me to the drive-in
in the old Packard. We liked him, but he got
a little rough
sometimes. There were times, as I grew
older, that I didn't appreciate
Dick's humor. He would tease about one's
size (fat, especially). He worked at Cavins
and Bayles as a haberdasher. A few people
sometimes offended by his outlandish
remarks. Oh well, you can't please
everyone! I'm not sure if
(my dad) appreciated the humor. Dick didn't
come around a lot when my dad was living.
They did work together in
fire-related deaths and ambulance calls. My
dad really didn't like anyone around too
much, especially in his later years.
DICK AT WEIC AND WLBH
Dick had a radio career with Louise at WLBH
andWEIC and was a good announcer. Dick
attended E.I.U., but didn't do so well. When
running for coroner he gave a very comical,
but true description of his
college days. Later Dick would enroll in
mortuary school at Chicago’s Worsham
Mortuary College and graduated with honors.
Dick would end up at Viola Clark and Gus
Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston
until his death. While undertaker,
Dick ran for Coles County Coroner
as a Democrat! He would be coroner for
several terms. Louise can tell several
very interesting experiences with
Dick, as relates to the
County Reporter. She likes to remember the
interesting experiences of the two.
Luther Crouch, a local man of Charleston,
and next door neighbor of Caudill-King
Funeral Home, had a running contest with
Dick Lynch. He was always getting the best
of Dick. Dick was somewhat of a ladies man
in Charleston, before marrying Annette.
Luther once sent a very special Christmas
gift for Dick to Dick's current girl
friend's home. The gift
was beautifully wrapped and placed under the family
Strange things happened in the room
containing the gift. An awful odor permeated
room. Actually, Luther and a friend had gone
out to the fair grounds and scooped
up a pile of manure. This manure was placed
in a box and wrapped up prettily. You can
figure out the rest of the story.
Dick was had again. Another Luther
Crouch/Dick Lynch story involved the
up*coming marriage of Dick and Annette.
Luther had gone to Kentucky.
there he purchased an old junk car
transmission and carefully wrapped it and
COD to Dick Lynch at Cavins and Bayles. Dick
was thrilled to get a large wedding
gift from his aunt in
He gladly paid the $70.00 Cash On Delivery
charge, if would be worth it! Again,
you can imagine the
the story. One other story involved the
arrival of newlyweds Annette and Dick at
their home to get
(was safely locked in their garage). Luther,
Jim and Pat Spence had further locked
it by nailing
garage door shut. Poor Annette!
after some work the door was opened.
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