John Charles Richard, 85, of Troy, Ohio, and Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Koester Pavilion, Troy, Ohio. He was born on April 6, 1928 in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, to the late Walter E. and Elizabeth (Foster) Richard. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Hiltibran) Richard in 1989. He married Mary L. (Gnau) Richard in 1993 and she survives.
He is also survived by his three children: son and daughter-in-law, Terry L. and Barbara Richard of Galloway, Ohio, daughter and son-in-law, Julia A. and Karl Dearwester of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Dawn Richard of Bellefontaine, Ohio; six grandchildren: Katie Richard, Stacey Richard, Joshua (Jane) Dearwester, Betsy Dearwester, Brooke Richard, and Jacob Richard; and one great-grandson, Brady Dearwester.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Mr. Richard was preceded in death by his half-brother, William Cook; two sisters, Ellen R. Zehner and Joanne R. Blontz; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Dearwester.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in education from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, and his Master’s in school administration from Wittenberg in Ohio.
Mr. Richard was a teacher at Concord in the Champaign County School District, a Principal and Assistant Superintendent for the Urbana City Schools, and Superintendent for the Ohio Hi-Point JVS. He served on the Board of Education for the Bellefontaine City Schools. He was Past President of the American Cancer Society, Logan County Chapter, and a board member for Logan County MRDD. He was a true servant to the children.
Mr. Richard was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Covington, Ohio, and St. Columbkille Church in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and a member and avid card player at the Troy Senior Citizens Center. He was active at the Sunshine Mobile Village in Ft. Myers, Florida, as a member of the golf club, bowling league, and shuffle board team. He also enjoyed wood crafts.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy, Ohio, with Rev. Fr. James Duell and Rev. Fr. Jim Simons co-officiating. The family will greet friends following the service in the church undercroft.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Bellefontaine First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Avenue, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Southwest Region, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.