Ison Richard G. Ison, 86, of Worthington, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 21 at 8 a.m. "Dick" was a long time resident of Worthington, Ohio and is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ann (Vercellino); four children, Cheryl Ison, Pamela Nye (Chris Nye), Stephen Ison (Pamela J. Ison) and Jeffrey Ison (Pamela L. Ison); grandchildren, Jonathon, Matthew, Daniel, Alexandra, Christian, Ben, Lauren and Olivia; and brother-in-law, Raymond Vercellino. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence V. and Edna (Bishop) Ison. He attended West High School where he earned numerous academic and athletic accolades. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1950 where he played football, was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then graduated from Ohio State University
, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1953, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of the Ohio State Law Journal, Board of Editors, 1952-1953. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1945-1946 and the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1955. He was a member of First Community Church, Worthington Hills Country Club (Past President) and Columbus Athletic Club, a life trustee of the Ohio Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, and served on the Boards of many charitable and civic organizations throughout Central Ohio during his lifetime. Richard was a retired senior partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease where he was a member of the commercial and real estate group. He was a recipient of the Professionalism Award given by both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. His professional memberships included the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Columbus Bar Foundation (fellow); Ohio State Bar Foundation (fellow); Former member and Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. He was instrumental in the drafting of Ohio's Open-End Mortgage Statute that was passed by the Ohio legislature in 1967 and is now part of the Ohio Revised Code 5302.23.2. He also played a significant role in the development of the original act governing condominiums in Ohio which was enacted in 1963 and is now part of the Ohio Revised Code 5311.01. His passions were his family and friends, his remarkable law career at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, community service, golf, Buckeye football and basketball, and The Ohio State and Ohio Wesleyan Universities. He was also an active supporter of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group, The Columbus Symphony, The Columbus Museum of Art and The Childhood League of Columbus. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at First Community Church, Main Sanctuary located at 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Oh 43212, where family will receive friends afterwards. In lieu of flowers. you may make contributions to Ohio Wesleyan University Development Fund, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio 43015, or to First Community Foundation, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212. Visit www.schoedinger.com
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