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J. Richard â€śDickâ€ť Cira, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at his residence with his loving family surrounding him at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
He was born Jan. 8, 1930, in South Bend, the son of Don L. and Alice Marie (Hickling) Cira.
He was raised in South Bend and graduated from South Bend Riley High School with the Class of 1948. He then graduated from Hanover College, Hanover, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and received his Masters Degree at Ball State and St. Francis Universities in Guidance and Administration.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951-54. He married Eileen E. Stephens Dec. 14, 1956, in New Carlisle.
Dick worked at RCA in Indianapolis and then for Tyler Refrigeration in Niles, Mich., before he started his career in teaching. He taught at Mooresville, Columbia City High School, where he coached football, Fort Wayne Community Schools and lastly retired as principal at Coesse Elementary School.
After his retirement he owned and operated Ciraâ€™s Sport World in Columbia City and worked many years as an associate and delivery person for NAPA, Columbia City.
His memberships include Columbia City United Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Varsity â€śHâ€ť Club both at Hanover College, Columbia City Kiwanis Club and Columbia City American Legion Post #98.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eileen Cira, Columbia City; three children, Tamera S. (Mark) Parker and Jodie Lynn (Craig) Asplund both of Columbia City and Michael R. (Laura) Cira of Granger; seven grandchildren, Adam (Kim) Parker, Aaron (Meghan) Parker, Andrew Parker, Alex Parker, Dayne Asplund, Jacob and Jordan Cira; three great-grandchildren, Allison, Madison and Hayden Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
The funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor David Arnold and Kent Lundy officiating. Committal services and graveside military rites will be conducted by the Korean War Veteranâ€™s Honor Guard at South Park Annex Cemetery.
Memorial bequest may be given in Mr. Ciraâ€™s memory to Columbia City United Methodist Church Youth and Bus Ministry.
For additional information and to sign the guest register, log onto www.demoneygrimes.com.