Richard L. Dick Rion

June 2, 1940 ~ November 13, 2010

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, surrounded by his loving family and at rest in the home he had built himself, Richard L. "Dick" Rion of Lake Charles passed from this life. He was a native of Reeves, Louisiana, where he was born on June 2, 1940. He was a Lake Charles resident for the last 48 years.

Dick Rion graduated from Reeves High School. He was an avid sportsman and a member of the basketball team that had a 54:6 record his senior year. He was a member of the Army Reserves, called up for active duty during the Cuban missile crisis, and stationed at Ft. Polk. Shortly after returning to civilian life, he was employed by Himont; he retired after 34 years. After his retirement, Dick served as job superintendent for Priola Construction on several major construction jobs. In addition to his official employment, Dick Rion was a man with heart for people and was constantly helping those in need. His "jack of all trades" abilities and his love for God and people made him a master at knowing not just what to do, also what to say.

One of the most rewarding activities of Dick Rion's life was serving as Recreation Director every summer at the Louisiana District United Pentecostal Church's youth camps in Tioga, Louisiana. He had a passion for youth and committed himself to guiding young men not just in sportsmanship but in the principles of day-to-day, lived out Christianity. Only eternity will show the number of lives and ministries affected by Dick Rion's interactions with young people on his beloved ball fields and around youth camp altars over the past 23 years.

He loved the campground in Tioga; it was where he met and courted the love of his life - and where his own life-long commitment to Jesus Christ was strengthened time and again whether at Youth Camps, Camp Meetings, Men's Conferences, or other campground events. He supported his local church and he supported his District.

He is survived by his sweetheart of 47 years Mary Nell Cole Rion; two daughters: Jill Bogard (husband, Glyn) of Lake Charles, and Rhesa Baggett (husband, Glyn) of Moss Bluff. He was the proud Papa of granddaughters Baylee, Sidney, Josie, and Nichole (husband, Nick). He also is survived by his two brothers, both of Reeves, Joe Rion and Ernest "Tooty" Rion. He leaves behind, too, a host of dear friends who will cherish his memory and miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his son, Todd Rion. Also preceding him were his parents, Ernest Elsie Rion and sisters: Billie Jo Belvin, Bobby Hollingsworth and Wanda Pete Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15 at First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles. Pastor Jeff Ralston, along with Reverends Dan Davis (Baton Rouge) and Johnny Harrell (Bridge City, Texas) will officiate.

Pallbearers include: J. L. Green, Dowell Tate, Sheldon McManus, Donnie Wayne Donahue, Jacob Brown, and Randy Sullivan. Honorary Pallbearers are: Lanny Thornton, Jan Peebles, Jimmy LeJeune, Warren Smith, and Ron Harmon.

Visitation will be held at First Pentecostal Church on Monday, November 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16 at the Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff, where Dick served as President for 32 years.

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  1. How many memories and favoite stories we have…….He was so special to us. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years. Mary Nell, Jill and Rhesa, we love you and will pray for your peace.

  2. I first met Dick Rion at Louisiana Senior Youth Camp in Tioga, La. The year was 1972. Dick was my softball coach there. I got to know him better over the years. Even though we were never close friends, Dick was a man that one was a better person for having known. My condolences to Mary Nell and the family.

  3. Jill and Family,We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God's love be with you in the coming days. Love and Prayers,The Barlow's

  4. Mary Neil I am so sorry for your loss.You may not remenber I attended church with you all on 6th street,I would love to pray next to you always got a b lessing just listerning to you.Dick was a wonderful man,will always remenber you all.Much prayers Billie(Clopton) Dorries

  5. Mary Nell – I am so saddened by the loss of your precious Dick. Memories flood my mind about when you two were dating and how much you loved him…your first garage apartment in LC…his working lunch dates with you…He is not lost to you, but just in a wonderful place with your son. Hopefully I will get to visit with you when I return from Baton Rouge. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and always. Love Krista

  6. Mary Nell and Children, Tootie, Joe, Pete and Wanda:We were deeply saddened to learn of your great loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are of and for you during these most difficult days. May the God of all comfort enfold your entire family in His loving arms and encourage you with a solace that only comes from above, the likes of which no words or vocabulary can equal.Friends of the family,Elroy and Janell Johnson

  7. May Nell Sorry to about Dick, he was one of the good guy's. The family will miss him but he is in a better place.Charles Linda Cooley

  8. Mr. Rion was a good friend to my Dad RC MIXON. they were buddy's for a very long time. Mr. Rion will be missed. He was a fine Christian. I pray that God will grant grace, comfort and strength to the Rion family.

  9. Sis. Mary Nell, Jill, and Rhesa,You're in our thoughts and prayers. Jill, I still remember all of the fun times I had in your home with you and your parents. Sheila Fontenot

  10. So sorry for your loss … You are in our thoughts and prayers … What a great man of God, wonderful friend … The camp ground will never be the same … he brought such joy peace to whatever he did … ~ Our love and prayers ~ David Nita

  11. The world could be a darker place without Dick Rion, except we the people whom he has influenced will hold our candles a little higher.Our prayers for the family.Daniel and Jane Buford

  12. To the Rion family, my heart and prayers go out to you all. Mr. Dick was an inspiration to everyone he met and made everyone feel so welcomed. He will be missed by many! I will pray for all of you.

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