Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
John Charles Richard, 85, of Troy and Ft. Myers, Fla., passed away at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Koester Pavilion, Troy.
He was born in Zelienople, Pa., on April 6, 1928, to the late Walter E. and Elizabeth Foster Richard. John also was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Hiltibran Richard in 1989; half-brother, William Cook; two sisters, Ellen R. Zehner and Joanne R. Blontz; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Dearwester.
He married Mary L. Gnau Richard in 1993 and she survives, along with his three children, Terry L. (Barbara) Richard of Galloway and Julia A. (Karl) Dearwester and Robert L. (Dawn) Richard, both of Bellefontaine; six grandchildren, Katie Richard, Stacey Richard, Joshua (Jane) Dearwester, Betsy Dearwester, Brooke Richard and Jacob Richard; and one great-grandson, Brady Dearwester.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Geneva College in Pennsylvania in 1953 and a master’s degree in school administration from Wittenberg University.
Mr. Richard was a teacher at Concord in the Champaign County School District and a principal and assistant superintendent for the Urbana City Schools.
He was the first superintendent of the Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School, having been hired in 1971 to promote the project, which received voter approval in 1973. He then served as superintendent until his retirement resignation April 8, 1983.
He served on the Board of Education for the Bellefontaine City Schools.
He was past president of the Logan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was a board member for the former Logan County MRDD. He was a true servant to the children.
Mr. Richard was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Covington, and St. Columbkille Church in Ft. Myers, Fla. 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.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bellefontaine First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Ave., Bellefontaine. A Memorial Mass is at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Troy, with the Rev. Frs. James Duell and Jim Simons co-officiating. The family greets friends after the service in the church undercroft.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Southwest Region, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.
Express condolences at www.bairdfuneralhome.com.