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Richard Lee Gore
July 11, 1941 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Richard Lee Gore, better known as “PaPa” was born on July 11, 1941 in Laurel, Mississippi to Ernest and Luetta Gore. Richard joined Smith Chapel United Methodist Church at an early age, completing most of his formal education at Mount Olive School and graduating from Oak Park High School in Laurel, Mississippi where he played football. Later on, Richard moved to Gary, Indiana and worked at Westville Correctional Facility working his way up to become supervisor over the Psychiatric Unit. After 35 years, Richard retired, becoming an active full-time father, grandparent, great-grandparent, and amazing member of the community by feeding the homeless and working at the Salvation Army.
He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Michigan City, Indiana, where he played many roles like singing in the Men's Choir, in the Layman's Ministry, Kitchen Attendant, Bus driver and Youth Mentor.. He enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, traveling, going to church and watching sports, especially The Chicago Bears, win or lose he was their biggest fan.
Richard “PaPa” Gore received his wings on February 4, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents: Luetta and Ernest Gore, his sisters: DruCilla Gore; Lela Jackson; and Charlene Jackson; his brothers: Lorenzo; Johnnie; Ernest; Curtis SR; Alvin; Willie; and Colon Gore; his niece Beverely Jackson; granddaughter Alia Reeves; and bonus son Barry Arnold.
He leaves to cherish his memories, wife: Diana Gore of Michigan City, IN; his sister: Lucy Merrill, Buffalo, New York; his sons: Richard A. Gore and Ryan Scott both of Michigan City, IN; his daughters: Kimberly Williams, Lynette (Ramon) Rodriguez and Tonya Gore all of Indianapolis, IN; and bonus daughter: Julia Arnold Michigan City, IN; 20 grandchildren: and 41 great-grandchildren: Special friends: Tommy Harris, Melvin Merriweather, Leroy Adkins, David Christman, Bobby P. Parish, Arthur Payne and Kenneth Carter along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, Church family and friends.
Richard was a private and quiet person, but also very witty and fun! He was fearless and independent, yet sensitive and incredibly compassionate about everything he loved. He was a loving Husband, Son, a Father, a Brother, an Uncle, and a Grandfather. He was a shining light of humor. He was the kind of person that tried to see the best in everyone. Never letting the opinions of others hold him back!! He was always there to listen when you truly needed a shoulder to cry on and gave sage advice for almost any problem you were facing. TRUE FATHER FIGURE TO EVERYONE. We are going to miss you so much Papa, Job well done.
A Celebration of life will take place on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11am, New Hope Baptist Church 730 W. 6th St. Michigan City, Indiana 46360 with Pastor Jacarra M. Williams to be Eulogist and Pastor David Ashley to officiate. Viewing will be 10am until time of service at the Church. Burial to follow immediately after service at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens 5700 W. US HWY 20 Michigan City, Indiana.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.