Richard “Dick” Ayers, 79, formerly of Barron, Wis., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at home in Chetek, Wis., supported by his loving family. He was born in Clear Lake, Wis., to Edward Vernon Ayers Sr. and Evelyn Hazel Amundson Ayers on April 17, 1940. He was the third son born to Edward and Evelyn Ayers. At an early age, his family moved to Menomonie, Wis.
Dick Ayers most recently lived in Chetek and attended the Chetek United Methodist Church. He was baptized in East Immanuel Church in Clear Lake and was confirmed in faith in Menomonie as a teen. He graduated from Menomonie High School and then went on to the University of Wisconsin–Stout, receiving his bachelor and graduate degrees, graduating with high honors. He taught industrial education and science in high schools in Waukesha, Phelps and Thorp, Wis., and also worked as a vocational coordinator for area high schools. He was past president of the Heart of the North Builders Association. He later became an independent building contractor and a real estate broker.
Dick was a quiet, unassuming man. He was very modest and always minimized his accomplishments to others. His passion was fine woodworking and he restored, with great skill, many fine pieces of furniture for friends and family.
In his younger years, there was a daring and adventuresome side to Dick. He loved to ski, both downhill and ski jumping. He was a member of Eau Claire Eagles as a ski jumper and was on the ski patrol at area hills. Dick also participated in the Montana Sports Car Hill Climbs and won a number of racing trophies. He admired sports cars, owned a number of motorcycles and loved to ride them.
Dick always sought a new challenge in all areas and his interests were diverse. He enjoyed music, especially barbershop, country and southern gospel hymns. He was a member of Heart of the North Barbershop Chorus. He played the piano, in high school, he played the clarinet and saxophone in the band, and later, he taught himself to play the guitar.
His greatest joy was his family—he treasured each moment with them.
He is survived by his wife, Cora, of 55 years; four sons, Wayne (Dawn) Ayers, of Chetek, Bryan (Denise) Ayers, of Prairie Farm, Loren Ayers, of Chetek, and Shawn (Kristi) Ayers, of Chetek; four grandchildren, Cody, Benjamin, Samuel and Elizabeth; and his dog, Pepper. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law and friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward Vernon Ayers, Jr.; infant brother Roger Ayers; grandparents; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
Memorial services for Dick Ayers will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, at the Chetek United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service in the Friendship Room of the church. Interment will be at the family plot in Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake at a later date.
The family requests only your presence and prayers. If you wish to donate to a memorial, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.