Richard Hugh Abraham


Richard Hugh Abraham, 79, of Bellefontaine, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Heartland of Bellefontaine.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Aug. 6, 1934, to the late Robert M. and Ruth A. Wynn Abraham.

On May 5, 1960, he married the former Kay Knowlton and she preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Hess.

He is survived by his sons Scott (Julie) Abraham and Daryl (April) Abraham, both of Bellefontaine; and five grandchildren Emily and Andrew Abraham, and Ericka, Elicia and Landon Woodrum.

A 1952 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, he was inducted into the Bellefontaine High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a member of the Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and was a member of its Board of Trustees. From 1957 to 1959 Richard served with the U.S. Army Finance Corp. while stationed in Ft. Knox, Ky.

Richard was a leader in his profession, having held positions as treasurer for The J.M. Abraham Company, vice president/treasurer for Citizens Federal Savings and Loan, executive vice president, managing officer for Bellefontaine Federal Savings and Loan and executive vice president/chief executive officer for Colonial Federal Savings and Loan. He was also a broker and owner of Century 21 The RHA Group Realty Inc. for more than 20 years.

Richard was also very involved in his community. He served as a board chairman for the Mary Rutan Hospital Association, president of the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, was a board member for the Mary Rutan Health Association and Board of Trustees. He was a past director and president of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce, director and president of the Community Improvement Corp., and was a past member of the Ohio Savings and Loan League Board of Trustees.

Gene Marine will officiate a funeral service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial is in Bellefontaine Cemetery with military rites performed by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, 205 Palmer Avenue, Bellefontaine OH 43311.

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