Richard Dick Dalton

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Richard P. Dalton

MANSFIELD: Richard P. Dalton, 89, of Mansfield passed away August 8, 2012.

Dick was the sixth of nine children, five girls and four boys. His working career was as interesting as it was varied. A 1941 graduate of St. Peter's High School, he was employed in the Westinghouse Enameling Plant. Then he transferred to the Engineering Model Laboratory, where all appliance parts were created from Engineering drawings to develop prototype appliances. He served in the Pacific area during World War II.

Following World War II, he joined the management intern program at Westinghouse. During this time he supplemented his on-going management training by completing a four year Business Management Course through LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. In 1950-1951 he served in Korea. During his tenure at Westinghouse, he learned his skills in copy writing, advertising, printing, public speaking, sales promotion, audio visual media and public relations. He then performed as an account executive for several advertising agencies.

All of his acquired job skills came to fruition when he joined United Telephone Company of Ohio in the Public Relations Department in 1970. From there he served in the Governmental Affairs group. He next was assigned to the Commercial Department as Business Office Manager. Ultimately he was appointed District Commercial Manager for United Telephone in the Bucyrus and Shelby Districts. His principal duties were to project a positive image of UTO throughout the territory and to also become acquainted with the heads of business and industry, Mayors, members of City Council, Township Trustees, village officials and meet on a twice a year basis keeping them informed of capital investment or current plant changes being made in their territories. In addition, becoming involved with civic organizations, supporting community events, Speakers Bureau presentations when invited or leadership roles for community events.

He was subsequently appointed Economic Development Manager for the United Telephone-Sprint Territories of Crawford, Richland and Morrow Counties. He helped develop and participated in, and served on, annual State of Ohio Economic Development seminars and programs for utility personnel. Dick retired from Sprint in 1992. Six years after his retirement, Dick was chosen by his peers to be named Sprint Hero. He was one of 100 people selected out of 73,000 employees to be so recognized during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Sprint-United Telephone Communications.

Since 1995 he was also involved in Economic Development efforts promoting the City of Mansfield's Industrial Parks around Mansfield Lahm Airport. Over the last 31 years Dick volunteered at the local and state levels to support mental illness causes. His most recent participation was helping in 2006 to insure passage of the ten year Mental Illness Renewal Levy which received 64% approval thanks to the Richland County Voters.

Survivors include daughter Lisa (Steve) Crokie of Mansfield; grandchildren Lindsay, Taylar, Benjamin (Debra), Tyler, and Owen Crokie, Gavin Pelton; sisters Mildred Louise Kramer of Canton, Constance Elizabeth Dalton of Mansfield; many nieces nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Sally; son Chris Dalton; three brothers; and three sisters.

Friends may call at Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Avenue West, Monday from 4 - 7pm with a vigil service at 4pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Fr. Tom McQuillen officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery with military honors provided by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail..

Memorial contributions may be made to the Msgr. Edward C. Dunn Foundation.

Published in the Telegraph-Forum on Aug. 11, 2012
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