Richard L. Dunlevy


Richard L. Dunlevy, 87, with his loving wife and devoted daughters at his side, passed from this life on January 18 at 4:24 p.m. at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Richard was born May 18, 1930 in Henryville, Indiana to Francis and Alma Dunlevy. Most of his childhood was spent on a dairy farm.

He graduated from Henryville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country from 1948 to 1952.

After completing his tour of duty in the Navy, Richard attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated in 1956 with a degree in business administration.

He met the love of his life, Peggy Beyl, in 1952, and they were married September 9, 1955. She survives him.

They moved to Columbus in 1956 for Richard’s job with Cummins Engine Co., where he held various accounting positions until his retirement after 27 years of service.

He then worked part-time for his life-long friend Hank Winters at Winters Associates.

“Dick,” as he was known to his friends, was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. During the last few years of his life, he was a member of the men’s bible study group.

He volunteered his time and gifts to several organizations during his life including Christole, and most recently at Love Chapel.

He was preceded in death by both his parents and his younger brother, David Dunlevy.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his three daughters, Cindy (Max) Henry of Columbus; Lynda Hamilton of Indianapolis; and Diane Dunlevy of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kaylan Fields and Lee Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Jada Fields; and his sister, Marilyn Walden of Henryville.

Richard was devoted to his family, and taking care of his girls was his greatest joy. He was a kind, gentle, quiet man who was adored by his family and treasured by friends who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He enjoyed listening to music, reading, movies, IU basketball and most of all, spending time with his family.

Family vacations to Clearwater Beach when his girls were young held special memories for him.

Cremation is planned with inurnment at First Presbyterian Columbarium. A celebration of life will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, January 23 at 2 p.m. with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard’s honor may be made to Love Chapel, First Presbyterian Church Property Committee or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street in assisting the Dunlevy family.