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Dr. Richard Benjamin STUDEBAKER

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STUDEBAKER, Dr. Richard Benjamin age 90, passed away May 19, 2013. Richard was born on a farm in New Carlisle, OH on February 22, 1923 to parents Benjamin F. Studebaker and Nellie Teach Studebaker. He is preceded in death by brothers, David Studebaker and Arthur Studebaker; sister, Lucille Studebaker Bridge, and the woman he adored and wife of 56 years, Sue (Toops) Studebaker. He is survived by sons, Park A. Studebaker and Dana B. Studebaker; daughter's in law, Susan Studebaker and Mary Studebaker; grandchildren, Christina Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Caroline Studebaker, Samantha Studebaker and Porter Studebaker. Richard served 3 years in the Air Force during-WW2, as 2nd Lt. and navigator. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1951 and set up private practice in Oakwood. Richard and Sue were ardent antique collectors and history buffs, and lived in the oldest house in Montgomery County which they dubbed "Quaker Hill" in 1958. He and Sue allowed their home to be on tour numerous times to benefit the Centerville Historical society, and he was recently honored by the Centerville Foundation for his contributions over the years to the area. Richard's pride and joy was his 1931 Studebaker President Roadster, which he restored, and displayed at car shows and parades. A skilled amateur architect and stone mason, he had a keen eye for design. A lover of history, he and Sue helped found the Dayton Antiques Study Club. They also enjoyed travel, and traveled many times touring Europe. Always an upbeat optimist, he coined a saying which he oft repeated, "Remember, you're having more fun than you think you are". Family will greet friends from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Routsong Funeral Home, 81 N. Main Street, Centerville, OH. A funeral service will follow at 2:00pm, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Centerville Historical Society, 89 West Franklin Street, Centerville, Ohio 45459 or to the . Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com

Published in Dayton Daily News from May 22 to May 23, 2013
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