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Richard, "Dick"- Husband, Father, Grandfather, Writer, Animal lover, Creative Soul. Born January 8, 1935 in Cincinnati. Departed this life for Eternity with the Lord on February 14th, 2014. Dick was a graduate of Western Hills H.S. where he played basketball and baseball. Quite the athlete in his younger years, he played Shortstop on the 1952 National Champion "Bentley Post" baseball team and attended The Ohio State University on a baseball Scholarship. A true patriot, he proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a loved member of Groesbeck United Methodist Church for 55 years. Dick loved animals and was known to stop at the SPCA and bring home 'whoever' was in the last cage. He usually returned with a dog or cat, but once, to his childrens' delight, he came home with a pony! Dick was a powerful, prolific writer. He wrote many books and short stories, including 'Joey and the Golden Rule', 'Finding God's Wonders with Timmy', and 'The Price Hill Tigers'. Dick's short stories included 'The Land of Cupid" with the brave 'Belko Tom-Tom' which he loved to read aloud to his children and the kids on Hanley Rd. Dick's creative talents were also evident in his love of theatre where he wrote and directed theatrical productions for the Colerain High Boosters for many years. Dick's love for writing led to his life's work as the founder and artistic director of Creative Company. Dick imagined, wrote, edited and published hundreds of books. His work can be found in National Museums, Historic sites, Zoological Gardens, and Presidential Libraries nationwide. Dick had many talents, but his heart and soul were the treasure. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Lillian; sister, Carol Schunk; children, Laurie(Peter) Danis, Jennie(Tom) Lockridge, Andie (Andrew) Raynor, and Joey (Jessica) Ruehrwein. Dick was a father figure to the late Ray (Amber) Wayt and James Wayt. Dick is also survived by 13 adoring grandchildren and two nieces. Services will be February 19th at the Groesbeck United Methodist Church, 8871 Colerain Avenue. Visitation from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Service at 1:00 pm. Burial following at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Groesbeck United Methodist Church or to the Son Ministries. Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home serving the family. www.neidhardsnowfuneralhome.com
Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home
7401 Hamilton Ave
Mount Healthy, OH 45231
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 17, 2014