ELKHART — Born Aug. 5, 1935, and growing up on a farm in Ashland, Ohio, Richard Ira Siler learned the value of hard work.

After agreeing to go to college, mainly to play football, he met the love of his life, Margie Thompson. They married before their senior year and graduated together, returning to her home city, Elkhart, where they raised a family while he taught and coached for the next 40 years.

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RIP coach, you earned it.

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